Brian Banks, a man who was convicted of rape and kidnapping at age 16, now finds himself a free man – and an NFL prospect.
The Seattle Seahawks were one of the first in line to offer Banks’ a tryout, after a Long Beach, Calif. judge overturned his 2002 conviction when his accuser, Wanette Gibson, recanted her statement and confirmed she had lied – a lie that had cost Banks ten years of his life.
After his tryout with Seattle on June 7th, Banks informed a cluster of eagerly awaiting reporters that Pete Carroll had indeed invited him back next week for the Seahawks’ minicamp. Banks has not yet accepted the invite because the Seahawks are far from the only team interested. Brian has received tryout offers from the Dolphins, Redskins and Chiefs as well.
However, the Seahawks would seem to have a leg up on the competition for Banks, thanks to a connection he and head coach Pete Carroll share. As a “can’t miss” linebacker prospect in high school, the 6-2 245lb. Banks had already been offe...