Man Invited To Seahawks' Minicamp After 5 Years In Prison
Posted on 6/7/2012 4:53:28 AM
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 offered a full-ride scholarship to USC by, none other than, Pete Carroll himself.
Brian Banks spent five years in a California prison and then another five years on parole where his every movement was monitored via an electronic ankle bracelet. Banks had to register as a sex offender, and was not allowed around schools or parks. But all that has changed for the now 26-year-old free man, as he said, “It's so crazy to go from being labeled a monster to seeing your phone light up with all this support and offers and love. It's really a little hard to get used to."
Banks has been getting ready for his NFL dream by working out with trainer, Gavin MacMillan, who says of Banks, “You see him run and you can see why USC wanted him.” MacMillan, who has been working with Brian since October, has offered his services free of charge to the exonerated NFL hopeful.
But in order for Brian’s story to be the sure-fire Hollywood hit it will obviously one day be motioned into, one of these teams will have to sign him to an NFL contract. And Banks appears ready, as he says, “After all I've been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you."
Here’s hoping the ending to Brian’s NFL story is a happy one.
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