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One week after being exonerated on a rape conviction that sent him to prison for five years, former California high school star Brian Banks is gearing up for workouts with as many as four NFL teams.
Banks, 26, told ESPN columnist Rick Reilly he is scheduled to work out for the Seattle Seahawks June 7, and has received similar interest from the Redskins, Chiefs and Dolphins.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who was at USC from 2001-09, recruited Banks out of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. The star linebacker had been offered a scholarship to play for the Trojans before a classmate accused him of rape in the summer of 2002.
Banks' dreams of an NFL career were seemingly derailed when he took the advice of his former attorney and pleaded no contest to rape and kidnapping charges, rather than face the prospect of 41 years to life in prison if convicted at trial.
Banks recalled that the lawyer told him, "You can go into that courtroom in front of a jury. You're a big black teenager, they're going to automatically assume you as guilty."
After 62 months in prison, he was placed on probation, subject to electronic monitoring, and had to register as a sex offender.
Banks, however, was vindicated last week after presenting prosecutors with a video of his former accuser admitting he never raped her.
In a shocking twist, Wanetta Gibson contacted Banks last year on Facebook, telling him she felt guilty about making up the rape allegations.
She asked if they could "let bygones be bygones" in an apparent bid to rekindle their relationship.
Banks is now seeking to recover $100 from the state for each day he was wrongfully imprisoned, and says he has been training rigorously since last fall for a chance to impress an NFL team.
"I'll make 'em happy," Banks told ESPN. "After all I've been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you."
The 6ft 2in, 245-pounder boasts he can dead-lift 545 pounds and run a 4.6-second 40-yard dash. Gavin Macmillan, who trains NFL players and volunteered to work with Banks for free, believes there is a chance Banks can make an NFL squad, saying "you can see why USC wanted him."
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Stories like this one make me wonder how many people incarcerated are actually innocent when they say they are. When Brian Banks was 16 years old, he was a stand out prospect as a football player in Long Beach, CA. He even had a scholarship to USC in place for when he graduated. That is until he was accused, and ultimately convicted of kidnapping and rape. He went on to serve five...
Brian Banks' first few steps toward rejoining society lead right to a football field. Banks, a former Long Beach Polytechnic football star, was freed after serving five years for a rape case in which he was falsely accused. Now, he's picking up right where he left off, as the Seahawks have agreed to hold a tryout for the former prep standout. "This is what I have dreamed...
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Hall, in fact, hopes he has to. He would prefer not to hire Banks just yet. That is for an NFL team to do.
But if circumstances present themselves in the future, count the D-backs among those who would welcome him with open arms.
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The Seattle Seahawks have confirmed they will hold a tryout for former high school football star Brian Banks, who was exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not speak following the Seahawks' offseason workout on Wednesday, but the team confirmed that Banks will work out for the team on June 7.
The 26-year-old Banks...
Brian Banks will get a crack at the NFL, even if it's simply a tryout.
The Seattle Seahawks confirmed Wednesday they will hold a tryout for Banks, a former high school football star who was exonerated last week in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll did not speak following the Seahawks' offseason workout on Wednesday, but the...
It has to suck a little holding up a newspaper article that explains that you were never a sex offender. Not too long ago it was reported that Brian Banks, a stud athlete from California, was recently released from prison after being convicted of rape. The conviction was overturned when a judge in Long Beach, Calif. witnessed a video of the woman who accused Banks, Wanetta Gibson...
A week after being exonerated, former USC recruit Brian Banks, who served five years behind bars on a rape conviction before alleged accuser and awful human being Wanetta Gibson admitted to making up her story, is working on making his football comeback.
Banks last played in 2002 at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School when he was a 16-year-old linebacker committed to play for USC...
In a league that seems to be dominated during the offseason with reports of arrests and other discipline problems with its employees, every once in awhile you get an actual feel-good story. In the case of the exonerated Brian Banks, it could be a Hollywood ending for the former top prospect.
After serving five years and two months in prison for a crime that he did not commit, Banks...
From behind bars to between the lines. That describes Brian Banks' whirlwind week. Banks, a former Long Beach Polytechnic standout who drew the attention of many national programs, is finally getting a shot to live out his NFL dream after spending five years behind bars. Get ready, because his upcoming journey has a chance to become the league's next feel-good story. An athlete...
Brian Banks might still just get his chance to play for Pete Carroll. According to an ESPN report, Banks was invited to work out for the Seahawks on June 7. Carroll recruited Banks, a highly ranked high school player in California who intended to play for Southern Cal before pleaded no contest to a rape charge. Banks spent more than five years in prison; he was accused of rape...
Per a tweet from Adam Schefter at ESPN
Redskins, Chiefs, Seahawks amongst the teams interested in recently-exonerated LB Brian Banks, via @ReillyRickis.gd/uSWMYi— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 30, 2012
We've learned that Pete Carroll and John Schneider are trying to bring in troubled Brian Banks.
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