Ex-Baylor superstar and NFL prospect Shawn Oakman says legal expenses from fighting a false rape allegation broke him ... so much so that he had to sell one of his Bowl game champion rings.
The defensive end was accused of sexual assault in 2016, just days before the NFL draft would've likely made him a millionaire. He went undrafted and hasn't stepped foot on an NFL field yet.
Shawn was exonerated back in February -- with a jury deliberating just 45 minutes before finding him not guilty, citing evidence that the sex was consensual.
Oakman recently sat down for an interview with Ben Raymond for a special called "Shawn Oakman: The Rebirth" and opened up about what the entire ordeal cost him, and the cost was HIGH.
"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."