NORMAN — Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20, according to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by The Oklahoman.
Under Title IX, claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, misconduct and assault brought to the attention of most university staff must be reported. Norman Police are investigating the incident, but had no comment on Wednesday night.
As of Wednesday night, no record of charges had been filed with the Cleveland County District Court.
Shannon was the leading tackler on an Oklahoma team that defeated two-time defending national champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl nearly four months ago.
Shannon did not practice with the team Thursday and did not participate in Saturday’s spring football game on Owen Field. OU coach Bob Stoops said Shannon was dealing with “personal issues.”
According to the report, the woman alleges that after a party, she intended to walk home. Shannon offered her a ride, but said he first needed to drop off friends near his apartment.
Shannon allegedly took the woman into his bedroom. According to the complaint, he came up behind her, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her.
The complainant said Shannon became frustrated when she wouldn’t cooperate.
Shannon allegedly asked if she was menstruating, and when she said yes, he went to the bathroom. At that time, she left and met a friend in the parking lot, whom the woman had texted to come get her. The friend called the police.
According to the report, Shannon said the woman laid on top of him, kissed him and removed her own clothing. Shannon said he asked if she was menstruating, and that the woman said, “No,” at which point they argued about it and Shannon left to go to the bathroom.
The report states that Shannon said the woman is accusing him because she wanted to set him up for a rape charge, or that she was embarrassed that he wouldn’t have sex with her.
The report includes text messages between the woman and the friend who called police. In that conversation, the woman said she was raped.
Also, a few hours later, the friend sent the woman a text message apologizing for calling the police, saying she only did it to protect her.
The woman responded, saying the “last thing” her sorority needs is this kind of media attention involving the football team.
Shannon has been accused of violating the University of Oklahoma’s Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy.
OU spokesman Pete Moris said the athletics department is declining comment at this time.
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