Football Star Cleared of Rape Might be Headed to the NFL

Brian Banks
Brian Banks

A former high school football star, whose rape conviction was thrown out last week, has been asked to tryout for an National Football League (NFL) team.

Brian Banks, who spent five years in prison over the allegeations, was contacted by Washington Redskins coach, Mike Shanahan, in a bid to get him on the high-profile team, according to reports.

Shanahan said: “I called Brian Banks up. I talked to him on the phone. I think when somebody goes through the situation that he went through, he deserves an opportunity to try out for somebody. Considering what he went through, just reading about -I don’t know him personally -I called him up and said, ‘We’d love to have you out.’

“We’re going to have him out sometime next week, and then he’ll work out and we’ll see what type of shape he’s in. This kid deserves a chance,” he added.

False accuastions

Banks’ alleged victim, Wanetta Gibson, was said to have contacted, Brian Banks, on Facebook asking to the 24-year-old to ‘let bygones be bygones’, after he spent six years in prison for the crime.

In 2002 the then High School American football player, pleaded guilty to rape after being advised by his lawyer to confess in a bid to avoid a hefty 41 years to life in prison.

It has been reported that Gibson met with Banks and admitted that there was no kidnap or no rape before offering to help him clear his record.

Shortly after Banks’ conviction Gibson was awarded a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against Long Beach schools.

She was quoted as telling Banks: “I will go through with helping you but it’s like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back.”

Before the 10-year-old case was dismissed against Banks he was forced to remain on probation after being released from jail and had to register as a sex offender.

It has also been reported that Banks already has a workout scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks on June 7.