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Seahawks invite exonerated Brian Banks to mini-camp

June 07, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • Brian Banks, who was cleared of rape and kidnapping charges just two weeks ago, may get to pursue his NFL dream.
Brian Banks, who was cleared of rape and kidnapping charges just two weeks… (John Lok / Associated Press…)

Not only does Brian Banks have a new lease on life, but he has a flicker of NFL hope.

After spending five years in prison on charges of rape and kidnapping, and five more as a falsely accused registered sex offender, the recently exonerated Banks made the most of his workout for Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll invited him back to participate in Seahawks mini-camp next week.

"He deserved a chance," Carroll told reporters. "This is a guy who deserved it."

Banks, 26, who had been a standout linebacker at Long Beach Poly when he was accused of raping classmate Wanetta Gibson on campus during summer school. Facing a far longer sentence, Banks pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and received a six-year sentence.

Gibson would later admit to Banks and a private investigator that she lied about what happened, thereby setting in motion Banks' exoneration in the courts.

Banks said that he had been offered a football scholarship to USC before he was accused of the crime.

After his workout Thursday, Banks wore a sweatshirt that read "XONR8" and answered questions of reporters.

"I feel more appreciative of the opportunity than I feel deserving," he said.

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