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Jim Grobe says Shawn Oakman comments 'taken out of context'

Baylor coach Jim Grobe said Wednesday that his comments earlier in the week, regarding whether former player Shawn Oakman was the Bears' locker room after the Rice game, were "taken out of context" and "unfair."

"When I left the press conference Monday I didn't think there would be any confusion," said Grobe, who has been Baylor's coach for less than four months. "I thought the basic assumption was that I didn't know Shawn Oakman. I would not recognize him, I'd never met him before. And to say I don't know who Shawn Oakman is does not mean I don't know the situation, but I don't him personally. And so I wouldn't be able to recognize him if he was in our locker room.

"I thought that was clear, but apparently it wasn't. My point was, I don't know Shawn personally.

"Had I recognized him, the situation would have been handled differently. But regardless of that, my comment of 'I don't know him' was taken out of context and the way it was portrayed by some in the media, in my opinion, was unprofessional."

"Had I recognized him, the situation would have been handled differently, but regardless of that, my comment of 'I don't know him' was taken out of context and the way it was portrayed by some in the media, in my opinion, was unprofessional." Jim Grobe, on how earlier comments about Shawn Oakman were portrayed

Police in Waco, Texas, arrested Oakman in April after a Baylor graduate student accused him of sexually assaulting her at his apartment. Under Texas law, second-degree felony sexual assault typically carries a sentence of two to 20 years in state prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Oakman was spotted walking into the Baylor the locker room after the Bears' victory at Rice on Friday.

Grobe was asked Monday during his weekly news conference if he realized that Oakman was in the Baylor locker room.

"I really have no idea. I don't know who Shawn Oakman is," Grobe said then. "So I wouldn't be able to recognize him if he walked in the door right now. There were a lot of people around at the end of the game. There are always a lot of people around. But I had no issues. I didn't know he was there, or know who he is.''

Later in his Monday news conference, Grobe -- who was hired by Baylor on May 30 -- was pressed again about Oakman and asked, "Just to be clear, you are unaware of Shawn Oakman coming in the locker room after the game and you are not aware who Shawn Oakman is?"

Grobe responded that he'd "heard that Shawn Oakman was at the game. But I don't know who Shawn Oakman is. If he walked in today, I wouldn't know that was Shawn Oakman."

Wednesday, Grobe opened his session with the media by addressing the story on Oakman from earlier in the week.

"Maybe it would have been appropriate to follow up with the question with, 'Do you know that Shawn Oakman played for Baylor?' Or, 'Did you know that after his senior season he was charged with a criminal offense?' To those questions I would have obviously answered yes," Grobe said. "I'm very aware of the misconduct issues that impacted this program prior to my arrival and the players involved, but my focus and my priority from the day I arrived have been the actions of both on and off the field of the guys who play for me now.

"I do not believe it was a good idea for Shawn to be in our locker room, and had I been made aware of the situation in advance, it would not have happened."