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Brian Banks will try out for Seattle Seahawks

May 30, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Brian Banks weeps after his rape conviction was dismissed.
Brian Banks weeps after his rape conviction was dismissed. (Brittany Murray / Associated…)

The Seattle Seahawks have confirmed they will hold a tryout for Brian Banks, the former Long Beach Poly football star who was freed after serving five years in prison for a rape case in which he was falsely accused.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll did not speak to reporters after the Seahawks' off-season workout on Wednesday, but the team confirmed that Banks will work out for the team on June 7.

Banks, now 26, pleaded no contest 10 years ago on the advice of his lawyer after a childhood friend falsely accused him of attacking her on their high school campus. Last Thursday, a judge threw out the conviction that sent Banks to prison for more than five years.

ESPN.com reported earlier Wednesday that the Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins have all inquired about Banks.

Banks spent more than five years in prison, was required to register as a sex offender and was still on probation wearing an electronic monitoring device.

The reversal of the decision was won by the California Innocence Project, which took the new evidence back to Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim, who had presided over the original case.

"Cases like Brian's are the reason I do the work I do," said Banks' attorney, Justin Brooks, last week. "I'm grateful to the Los Angeles [County] district attorney's office for reviewing the evidence and joining us in seeking to end this injustice."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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