It’s pretty much verified that Shawn Oakman would’ve made millions of dollars when he most certainly would’ve gotten selected in the 2016 NFL draft, but that all went to dust after he was accused of sexual assault by a woman he had a previous relationship with.
Back in March, he got his chance to put this entire thing behind him after a McLennan County jury found the former Baylor Bears defensive end not guilty of sexual assault in a case that has drawn national attention.
The former NFL prospect recently sat down for a special called “Shawn Oakman: The Rebirth” and revealed that legal expenses from fighting the false rape allegations essentially broke him to the point that he had sell one of his Bowl game champion rings on Ebay.
“I went through two paid lawyers. The second lawyer, it got all the way to trial. The week before she needed $60k just to step in the courtroom. I already gave her $60k … but she needed $60k just to step in the courtroom, so she dropped my case. I didn’t have it.”
“That’s when I got a public defender,” Oakman said.
Shawn, who had yet to sign a pro contract, went on to describe exactly the way he came up with the cash for his defense.
“Before that, basically I had one of my bowl game rings. I sold my bowl game ring on eBay to pay for my lawyer.”
Oakman is now 27, has lost three insanely important years of his career, and might not ever get his NFL chance … but he insists he’s not at all depressed about the situation.
“I gave it away to God a long time ago. I’m not a lawyer, I’m not a judge, I’m not a prosecutor, none of that. Only thing I can do is put it in the hands that I know.”