While we wait for the return of XFL spring football, there are other options available at the moment. One of the big names to join the XFL in 2020 was Los Angeles Wildcats defensive end Shawn Oakman.
The latest we heard on Oakman was that he had signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Well, we’re now learning via Fan Controlled Football News that Oakman is expected to play next week in the FCF.
Several early mock drafts projected Oakman to be a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. After Oakman’s arrest on a sexual assault charge, which occurred only two weeks before the draft, an NFC executive told Lance Zierlein of NFL.com that Oakman was “undraftable now” because the case is unlikely to be resolved before the start of the draft. Zierlein believed the arrest would likely result in Oakman being removed from all NFL team boards.
On July 20, 2016, a grand jury in McLennan County indicted Oakman on charges of second-degree felony sexual assault. The trial of the case began February 26, 2019. On February 28, 2019, after the jury deliberated for 45 minutes, Oakman was found not guilty of sexual assault. The jury cited evidence for consensual sex and the lack of incriminating evidence for their decision.
October 16, 2019, Oakman was drafted to the Los Angeles Wildcats. He was subsequently waived on December 17, 2019, only to be re-signed on January 24, 2020. In his debut game, Oakman had a sack and a pass deflected. Unfortunately, like the rest of the XFL players, he had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.
This is just another name among many who has signed on to a new league since the XFL was forced into bankruptcy due to COVID-19. What does this mean for his CFL contract? Quite frankly, we don’t know.
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