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problemz
05-30-2012, 11:33 AM
It's not every day that the Washington Redskins call up a man convicted of rape and ask him if he'd agree to a one-day workout, but it happened Tuesday.
Oh, and the Kansas City Chiefs called Tuesday, too. And the Miami Dolphins. And they were three days behind the Seattle Seahawks, who will work him out on June 7.

Why are all these NFL teams eager to check out a convicted sex offender, a man who served five years in prison and wore a GPS ankle bracelet for another five?

Because Brian Banks didn't do it.

A judge in Long Beach, Calif., threw out his kidnapping and rape conviction last week after looking at a videotape of his accuser admitting she lied. After 10 years, he was suddenly a free and innocent man.

"My mouth hurts from smiling so much," Banks told me Tuesday night. "Unbelievable."

Banks was 16 in 2002, the bluest of blue chips out of Long Beach Poly High School, an NFL feeder if there ever was one. He'd already been offered a full-ride scholarship at USC by then-coach Pete Carroll.
But on a summer day that year, he and a girl named Wanetta Gibson decided to go make out in a stairwell at school. When they came out, she accused him of rape.

No semen traces in the rape kit. No witnesses. And yet Banks' attorney insisted he cop a plea, saying his size, age and race would mean a sure conviction of 40-plus years. He said no, no, a hundred times no and finally, reluctantly, yes.

Banks got six years. He served 62 months.

When he got out, he had to wear a GPS ankle bracelet at all times. He had to register as a convicted sex felon. Couldn't go near schools, parks or zoos. Couldn't get a job. He was lucky to get a few hours a week unloading docks.

What did Gibson get? A $750,000 settlement from the school.

But then, last year, a chunk of luck fell from the stars. Out of the blue, Gibson, then 24, sent Banks a Facebook friend request.

Banks slammed the laptop cover down and jumped out of his chair. Was somebody playing a joke on him?

He looked again. Amazing. Gibson had typed, "Let's let bygones be bygones."

Easy for her to say. She didn't watch 10 years of her life go by.

"She was adamant about meeting me," Banks says. "I asked my brother (Freddy), 'What should I do?' He said, 'Whatever you do, make sure you play chess, not checkers.'"

Banks' first move: To get everything she said on tape. He hired a private investigator and met Gibson in the man's office, where every conversation is secretly videotaped. The tape recorded Gibson saying, clearly, "No, he did not rape me."

Was he nervous she wouldn't say it?

"I didn't have to get her to say anything," Banks said. "She came into the room expressing herself. She even came back the next day. The investigator asked her again, point blank. 'Did Brian rape you?' 'No.' 'Did he kidnap you?' 'No.'"

And why would Gibson meet with Banks in the first place? Was it a trap? Was it guilt? No. Banks thinks Gibson -- are you ready for this? -- was hoping to get back together.

"You read the texts and that's the only conclusion you come to," says a source who worked on the case. "She seems absolutely clue-free about what she did to him."

Getting evidence is one thing, getting your rape conviction flipped is another. Banks called the California Innocence Project in San Diego. They agreed to help. It was the first time they'd taken a case of a man already out of prison.
"As soon as we met him, we had no doubt," says Justin Brooks, the lead attorney. "We could see this was a kid who had a big future ahead of him, one that had been lost."

On Thursday, May 24, in a Long Beach courtroom, Banks got his future back.

What's the first thing he did, besides cry at the courtroom table? Snipped off the stupid ankle bracelet, the scarlet letter of our age. "Oh, man, when that thing came off?" Banks says. "There are no words."

Then he went with Brooks' wife and kids to a place he couldn't have gone the day before -- Sea World.

"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," he said. "It's, really, a little hard to get used to."

And what does Banks want most now? Retribution? Revenge? Gibson's head on a serving platter? No. He's not even demanding Gibson give the money back. While he is suing the state for $100 for each day he was falsely imprisoned, what he wants back most is football.

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AP Photo/Nick Ut
Banks celebrates his exoneration and freedom with his mother, Leomia Myers.
Thanks to the best Tuesday of his life, he's now got a chance at it.
None of the four teams are offering any guarantees for a spot in training camp, nor is Banks asking for any.

"I'll make 'em happy," says Banks, who's been training non-stop since October. "After all I've been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you."

Like ... dead-lift 545 pounds, box jump 55 inches flat-footed, broad jump 10-plus feet and run a 4.6 40, all at 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds. NFL trainer Gavin Macmillan, who has volunteered to train Banks for free, says he has a shot. "You see him run and you can see why USC wanted him."

And if the NFL doesn't pan out? Banks already has all kinds of job offers. One of them is to "work in the front office and explore other sports opportunities" for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I about fell out of my seat when I read that one," Banks said.

I don't know about you, but I can't remember another story that made me want to alternately punch something and hug something like this one. The way Banks has handled himself, without bitterness or bile, with grace and guts, makes you wish he were running the U.S. Senate. If it were me, I'd be stomping around, waving lawsuits and screaming, "I TOLD you I didn't do it!!!"

"I know my story makes people angry at first," Banks says. "That's where I was, too, at first. But where would it have gotten me to stay mad for 10 years? It's like when you're a little kid and you cry about having to clean your room. You can cry and cry, but it doesn't get your room cleaned."

Brian Banks' room is clean again. His heart is spotless. He's holding on to nothing but his dreams. He lost a full decade of his life and now all he wants in exchange is an NFL jersey.

C'mon, Miami Dolphins. Who's had more "Hard Knocks" than Brian Banks?

http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7986979/redemption-brian-banks

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2012/0530/espn_brianbanks_576.jpg

BullStampede
05-30-2012, 11:34 AM
lol two threads of the same topic posted at the exact same time.

good for him though. come play for the Fins brah

monsterBEN
05-30-2012, 11:40 AM
This makes me rage.. Any repercussions for the lying bitch?

Scammed a school out of 750k and sent an innocent man to prison for 62 months.

robfromlbc
05-30-2012, 11:57 AM
he is a much better person then me
id want the biitches head on a plattteeeeeerrr
id make sure she was homeless man i would ruin her fukking life
cant believe he is just "letting it go"
unless this is all a masterful plan to one day in the distant future she goes missing permanently

Ninetyfour
05-30-2012, 12:20 PM
This would be an amazing story.

ToPHeR35
05-30-2012, 12:30 PM
This makes me rage.. Any repercussions for the lying bitch?

Scammed a school out of 750k and sent an innocent man to prison for 62 months.

Another example of our tax dollars at work...

gottk2x
05-30-2012, 12:31 PM
http://blacksportsonline.com/home/wp-content/gallery/wanetta-gibson-2/wanetta-gibson-brian-banks-rape-accuser-4.jpg


Ugly bitch went through 1 mill and is now on welfare. Has 2 kids now with 2 different fathers a year apart.



I'm not opposed to death penalty.

LB42
05-30-2012, 12:38 PM
Ugly bitch went through 1 mill and is now on welfare. Has 2 kids now with 2 different fathers a year apart.



I'm not opposed to death penalty.

She also spent all the settlement money (thus being on welfare) and lost custody of both kids to the state.

She's truly pure evil. Not once during his prison term did she think of coming forward with the true story, and when she finally did she didnt want to go public with it in order to not have to pay the money back.

problemz
05-30-2012, 12:43 PM
She also spent all the settlement money (thus being on welfare) and lost custody of both kids to the state.

She's truly pure evil. Not once during his prison term did she think of coming forward with the true story, and when she finally did she didnt want to go public with it in order to not have to pay the money back.

I'm pulling for this dude. This whole story is completely fuked.

kethnaab
05-30-2012, 12:51 PM
I'm rooting for this guy bigtime.

bben147a
05-30-2012, 01:06 PM
http://blacksportsonline.com/home/wp-content/gallery/wanetta-gibson-2/wanetta-gibson-brian-banks-rape-accuser-4.jpg


Ugly bitch went through 1 mill and is now on welfare. Has 2 kids now with 2 different fathers a year apart.



I'm not opposed to death penalty.

why did I assume she was a white blonde crack head?

monsterBEN
05-30-2012, 01:07 PM
Vid here.

http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2012/05/photos-wanetta-gibson-who-falsely-accused-hs-star-brian-banks-of-rape-destroy-his-life/

idk if it can be imbedded or how to if so. im a moran.

roadtrippin
05-30-2012, 01:10 PM
This makes me rage.. Any repercussions for the lying bitch?

Scammed a school out of 750k and sent an innocent man to prison for 62 months.apparently courts don't ever find women guilty

feardafronfz3
05-30-2012, 01:11 PM
http://blacksportsonline.com/home/wp-content/gallery/wanetta-gibson-2/wanetta-gibson-brian-banks-rape-accuser-4.jpg


Ugly bitch went through 1 mill and is now on welfare. Has 2 kids now with 2 different fathers a year apart.



I'm not opposed to death penalty.
Wait, the guy fuked Masstastic's mom?

problemz
05-30-2012, 01:18 PM
Wait, the guy fuked Masstastic's mom?

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DaBest12
05-30-2012, 01:29 PM
Read this on ESPN right before I clicked this thread. Hope he can make it.

Messed up how nothing happens to the girl despite lying about something so big.

Clives_Bicep
05-30-2012, 01:43 PM
whole story makes me rage

grizz101
05-30-2012, 01:44 PM
ready to rage some more?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GDRrcfd7Uk

she told reporters that he did rape her, and he paid her $10,000 for her to confess she didn't. BRB he's broke

cor030
05-30-2012, 01:57 PM
Damn, why is he only suing for $100/day he was imprisoned? He should try and get a LOT more, given the enormous amount of press he's getting he could (and should) make out with millions.

Also cool to see he has other job offers in case the NFL doesn't work out. Interesting that the D-Backs offered him a job.

robfromlbc
05-30-2012, 02:05 PM
one thing i know is that
Black girls wonder why black men do not mess with them anymore....

DA_MOSS
05-30-2012, 02:16 PM
Really rooting for this guy now.. That bitch should have to go to the prison she sent him to and give conjugal visits out to everyone for at least 58 years.. No orifice is safe

brb_ballin
05-30-2012, 02:43 PM
I'm rooting for this guy bigtime.

this, really hope he does well.. if anyone deserves it, it's him.

PervedOut
05-30-2012, 02:58 PM
dat hairline

jross2021
05-30-2012, 03:03 PM
****ty teams looking for publicity.. notice who he's trying out with.

Either way, hope he does well.

jross2021
05-30-2012, 03:06 PM
ready to rage some more?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GDRrcfd7Uk

she told reporters that he did rape her, and he paid her $10,000 for her to confess she didn't. BRB he's broke

brb making 10k in prison.

the bitch got hated on by everyone, so she lied again.

the **** is wrong with her?

Love Pirate
05-30-2012, 03:06 PM
she should have to pay him all the money she got for this and also do twice the jail time he did

jross2021
05-30-2012, 03:06 PM
dat hairline

I bet LeBron would go to prison for 10 years if it meant he'd come out with dat hairline.

problemz
05-30-2012, 03:35 PM
****ty teams looking for publicity.. notice who he's trying out with.

Either way, hope he does well.

Yea has nothing to do with he was a blue chip recruit and perhaps one of the most highly recruited LB prospects ever out of high school. Or the fact his strength and speed are still there. Or the fact he has been training with NFL trainers adn waiting on his chance. Or the fact it's low risk/high reward for any team.


I bet LeBron would go to prison for 10 years if it meant he'd come out with dat hairline.

You had to bring the NBA in here..sob

jross2021
05-30-2012, 03:59 PM
Yea has nothing to do with he was a blue chip recruit and perhaps one of the most highly recruited LB prospects ever out of high school. Or the fact his strength and speed are still there. Or the fact he has been training with NFL trainers adn waiting on his chance. Or the fact it's low risk/high reward for any team.



I hope he does well.. but just saying.. lol @ you defending the Skins

problemz
05-30-2012, 04:03 PM
I hope he does well.. but just saying.. lol @ you defending the Skins

Please the Skins got RG3 do you honestly think this kid is going to garner more attention then him this season? If so lol @ you sir!

Also the Skins have several young LB waiting just like they do in almost every postion..young and hungry. Don't be mad bro the Stillers are old and slow!

jross2021
05-30-2012, 04:10 PM
Also the Skins have several young LB waiting just like they do in almost every postion..young and hungry. Don't be mad bro the Stillers are old and slow!

do you even NFL?

even if the Steelers didn't get younger this off season, they'd still win 2x as many games as the Skins.

HELIX35
05-30-2012, 04:20 PM
She should be given the exact same sentence he was

Also would not be surprised if 4chan goes after this chick. Say what you want about them but they can **** someones life up.

communistpanda
05-30-2012, 04:24 PM
That bish deserves to have 62 months of her life taken away.

problemz
05-30-2012, 04:34 PM
do you even NFL?


Do you?




































































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roadtrippin
05-30-2012, 04:40 PM
That bish deserves to have 62 months of her life taken away.actually, she deserves to be sent to the cemetery.

vsportsguy
10-15-2014, 01:50 PM
Women like this should be subjected to torture before they are executed. This makes me sick to my stomach.

samir316
10-15-2014, 02:45 PM
If I were an NFL owner I would tell my GM to try this guy out and if he were to be cut I`d give him a practice roster spot as long as he wanted one.

BullStampede
10-15-2014, 03:53 PM
what ever happened to problemz?