Football star Brian Banks, whose rape conviction was overturned last month, has reportedly been invited to the Seattle Seahawks minicamp to train next week.
Brian Banks, who spent five years in prison for the crime he did not commit, has said that he is not sure whether or not he will accept the offer because he needs to consult with his agent.
According to the California Innocence Project, six other NFL teams have expressed an interest in the 24-year-old.
Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seahawks, told reporters: “He deserved a chance. Given other circumstances he would have earned it in front of our eyes, but this is a guy who just deserved it.”
The news also comes after Washington Redskins coach, Mike Shanahan, in a bid to get him on the high-profile team.
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.
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.