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After Six Years In Prison, Brian Banks Will Get Shot With Redskins
ASHBURN – Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Thursday he has offered Brian Banks, a former high school football star who was convicted of rape in 2002, spent over five years in prison and had his case dismissed last week, a chance to try out with the team.
Banks, 26, was a standout linebacker at Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High School who was being recruited by a number of upper-tier college football programs when he pled no contest to charges of rape brought forth by a female friend of his.
He maintained their sexual contact was consensual, and Wanetta Gibson, who brought forth the claim, recanted the account last year. Banks spent the last four years on probation, wore an electronic monitoring bracelet around his ankle and registered as a sex offender.
“I think when someone goes through the situation that he’s been through, he deserves an opportunity to try out with somebody,” said Shanahan, who tentatively scheduled the workout for a day next week. “You know, considering what he went through – or just reading about it; I don’t know it personally – I called him up and said, ‘Hey, I want to have you out.’ So we’re going to have him out some time next week to have a workout, see what type of shape he’s in, and see if there’s a chance.”
Banks will work out for Seattle on Thursday, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which confirmed an original report by ESPN. He also has been offered a job by Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall to work for the team, according to reports.