Brian Banks had a full football scholarhsip to one of the top football program in the country. Coming out of Long Beach Polytechnic High School as a star athlete (LBP High School is responsible for more NFL athletes than any other high school in the nation).
But his dreams were shattered when he was accused of kidnapping and raping a childhood friend in a school stairwell.
Based on his lawyer’s advice and to avoid a possible life sentence, Banks pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. After serving half his term, he was released and got the strangest request: his accuser friended him on Facebook.
When they decided to meet, Wanetta Gibson, 15 at the time of the alleged attack, admitted that she’d made up the whole story. Banks did not kidnap or rape her, and she agreed to help him try to clear his name, but with one condition: she didn’t want to testify in court.
Gibson’s family received a $1.5 million settlement from a civil lawsuit they field against the Long Beach schools and she feared that if she went to court she’d have to pay the money back.
…. This is so sad. He is now gearing up to try out for a few NFL teams.. We Wish him all of the luck in the world as he tries to put his life back together!!!