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Banks cashes in chance at NFL

There will be roughly 2,800 players vying for roster spots in NFL training camps. None will have a more inspirational story than linebacker Brian Banks. Banks - who spent a decade trying to exonerate himself for a crime he didn't commit - was signed Wednesday as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons. "I can't believe this is happening. It's surreal," Banks...
Via Fox Sports
April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons give exonerated Banks another NFL shot

Eleven years ago, Brian Banks was wrongly convicted on rape charges. On Wednesday, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons. "I just want to thank god for the opportunity, I want to thank god for life, for getting me through five years of prison, five years of parole, of wrongful conviction, having my life given back to me, still being healthy and mentally sane to basically...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Exonerated player to sign with UFL's Locomotives

Brian Banks, a one-time high school football star who was recently exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused, is finally getting a chance to play professional football. The 26-year-old Banks, a linebacker, is signing with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. The team confirmed the news in a statement Wednesday. Banks served more than...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

49ers to work out Brian Banks

Brian Banks, who spent five years in jail on rape charges before being exonerated, will work out for the 49ers on Monday. He attended a Seahawks minicamp for two days, but Seattle declined to offer the 26 year old a contract because Banks isn't in football shape yet. Banks, who was exonerated last month when the alleged victim recanted 10 years after he was convicted, has also...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Brian Banks to Try Out for Seahawks After Serving Five Years in Prison for Falsely Accused Rape Case

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...
May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Brian Banks’ NFL Dream Lives: Found Innocent After Being Convicted Of Rape

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...
Via Down and Distance
May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Former California High School Football Star Cleared of Rape Conviction After 10 Years

The world was at Brian Banks' feet -- a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, dreams of a career in the NFL -- before he was convicted of rape in 2003 while in high school, serving nearly six years in prison after accepting a plea bargain. But a decade later, having steadfastly maintained his innocence all the while, Banks' name has been cleared and...
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Wanette Gibson may not be charged for false rape accusations of Brian Banks

Many people proclaimed that “justice was served” when Brian Banks had his false rape and kidnapping charges overturned on Thursday, but that really wasn’t the case. It was great that Banks’ charges were overturned considering he lost over five years of his life to prison and had his reputation destroyed, but what about Wanette Gibson, who made up the accusations, and gained...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Ex-USC recruit Brian Banks has false rape charge overturned after serving sentence

This is easily one of the biggest injustices I’ve read about. 26-year-old Brian Banks finally had his rape conviction overturned on Thursday, years after he served more than five years in prison after being sentenced. Banks is a former Long Beach Poly football player who was set to play linebacker at USC. His future was derailed by a rape accusation from Wanetta Gibson over 10...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Ex-USC recruit exonerated on rape conviction

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The kidnap-rape conviction of a once-promising prep football star was dismissed Thursday following a recantation by his accuser. Brian Banks collapsed in sobs on the counsel table during a court hearing where a prosecutor quickly conceded the decade-old case and moved for the dismissal. In the summer of 2002, Banks' future looked bright: He was a 17-year...
Via Fox Sports West
May 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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