XFL drafts former BU player found innocent of sexual assault

Former Baylor football player, Shawn Oakman, whose career was derailed by a now discredited sexual assault allegation, is making his return to the football field in the XFL. (File)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Former Baylor football player, Shawn Oakman, whose career was derailed by a now discredited sexual assault allegation, is making his return to the football field in the XFL.

The defensive end was drafted by the upstart football league's Los Angeles Wildcats during the open phase of the XFL Draft, the team's website says.

Oakman, 27, was accused of sexual assault days before the 2016 NFL Draft.

The former Baylor Bear was not drafted by an NFL team.

A McLennan County jury found Oakman innocent of sexual assault in February.

At the time, Oakman said he hoped to play football again.

"I think God will set the right path for me but I don't feel like I have to beg for anything, it's not a begging matter. I don't want anybody to hand me anything. I want to earn it and everything I get. I want to play football at the highest level and just really finally get my chance," Oakman told KWTX.

The former defensive end was a two-time All-Big 12 selection who ranks first on Baylor's all-time sacks list and second on the school's all-time tackles for loss list.

Oakman was accused of raping a classmate in April 2016, but always maintained the sex was consensual.

He was arrested on April 13, 2016, 10 days after authorities executed a search warrant at his campus area apartment.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before returning the not guilty verdict.