Former High School Star Exonerated of Charges, Signed to NFL’s Atlanta Falcons
Earlier this week, 27-year-old Brian Banks received the second greatest bit of news in his life. The Atlanta Falcons offered Banks his first contract to play in the NFL, a rare opportunity for someone of his age who had not previously been drafted out of college.
This contract was offered ten months after Banks received the first greatest bit of news in his life: that after five years of being locked in prison, the charges of rape for which he was convected and locked-up for had been dismissed.
In 2002 Banks was falsely accused of rape after a classmate alleged a sexual encounter between the two of them was not consensual. Banks faced the decision of either fighting the charges and facing a longer jail sentence, or accept a plea bargain to spend five years in prison. As a young man who faced with two options leading to punishment…
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