— Brian Banks(@BrianBanksFREE) April 3, 2013
After he was convicted of rape and kidnapping 10years ago, Brian Banks signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.
The linebacker will participate in Atlanta’s offseason workouts with a chance to resume his career. Banks, 27, has been trying to get back into football since he was cleared on May 12, 2012, of a rape conviction.
Banks was 16 years old and had a scholarship offer from USC when Wanetta Gibson, a Long Beach Poly high school classmate, accused him of the rape. He spent five years in jail and five years on probation. Gibson recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name after he was out of prison. That helped lead to the conviction being overturned by a California court and Banks’ record cleared.
The Falcons are the first NFL team to sign Banks, he took part in the Seattle Seahawks’ minicamp last June following workouts with Kansas City and San Diego. He had one tackle in two games with Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (UFL).
He is expected to attend when the Falcons hold their first offseason workout on April 22.