Brian Banks, Falsely Accused of Rape, Lands NFL Tryouts
NFL's Seattle Seahawks and a few other teams give Banks a shot at his dream.
While we don't know if Brian Banks' dreams will come true, he sure is getting the opportunity.
The Associated Press is reporting that the former California high school star, who was recently exonerated in a 2002 rape case, will try out for the Seattle Seahawks on June 7. He served 6 years in jail on the false charge.
“THIS is what I’ve been waiting for!” he tweeted Wednesday night. “If you thought my story was crazy, it’s get crazier.”
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Banks had served five years and two months in jail after a lawyer advised him to plead no contest to the charges, warning him a jury conviction could result in a lifetime behind bars.
After being released from jail, his accuser contacted him over Facebook and with the help of a private investigator, Banks recorded her confession. He then enlisted the help of the California Innocent Project to get his conviction thrown out.
The Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, and Miami Dolphins have also called Banks for a tryout, but a first chance with the Seahawks may be the most symbolic for the linebacker.
He was also offered an opportunity to work in the front office of Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.