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Old 04-03-2013, 05:44 PM   #366
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Default Re: 2013 Offseason Thread (Free Agency, Releases, Trades, etc)

An interesting signing today for the Falcons: Brian Banks. I remember reading about this last year, hopefully he can make the team.

Some links: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...-his-nfl-dream

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...tlanta-falcons

Some interesting quotes:

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He had verbally committed to USC as a junior at Long Beach Poly in 2002 before he pleaded no contest to a charge of rape and kidnap. Banks then spent the next five years and two months in prison. He risked a 41-year sentence if he was found guilty.

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"In order for me to exit prison with sane mind and be able to just function as the same person, I had to let go of certain dreams and goals," Banks said during a conference call Wednesday. "Football being one of them. ... For me, I had to let that go. I had to let those dreams go in order for me to just focus on what was in front of me -- and that was five years in prison that was a completely different life of violence and just being away from your family and all the different elements that go with prison"

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After spending five years behind bars, Banks spent another five years on probation. He couldn't live within 2,000 feet of a school or park, had to register as a sex offender, wore a GPS ankle bracelet and couldn't travel without permission. He was exonerated on May 24, 2012, after a private investigator taped his accuser, Wanetta Gibson, admitting she lied about Banks raping and kidnapping her


Wow, what a btch. I really hope Banks can make the roster...completely missed out on what should have been the best days of his life because of a lying female. Probably was viewed as a piece of sht while everyone just felt bad for the chick.
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