The Bismarck Bucks start their second season March 9, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding star player Shawn Oakman before he even takes the field.
KXMB Sports Director Joey Lamar spent time with Bucks head coach Richard Davis. He asked him the tough question, why bring in a player accused of sexual assault and headed for trial?
"I made this decision," Davis said. "I'm going to live with the outcome."
Richard Davis brought in defensive end Shawn Oakman, who was accused of sexual assault in April of 2016 while attending Baylor University. He's accused of raping another student at his apartment. Oakman says he's innocent and the encounter was consensual.
Davis says he spent months doing research on Oakman before he decided to sign him.
"I don't know if I could have worked hard on this," Davis said. "I've talked to every cross section of people that I can."
Davis says he talked to Oakmen at length about what happened.
"All of it," Davis said. "We've talked about everything."
Davis says he will hold Oakman to the same standards as every other player.
"If he can't live up to the standard," Davis said. "I'll get him down the road just like every other guy."
Nearly two years have passed since the alleged crime occurred. Davis says Oakman deserves a second chance.
"What if it were you son," Davis said. "Are we just going to quit on kids? Look, if he's guilty, I hope they put him under the prison."
Oakman has a trial for the sexual assault charges coming this May or June.
All this puts a dark could over the organization as they approach their first game of the season tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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