Brian Banks: falsely imprisoned for rape, now playing NFL football
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The need to have a second chance and prove your own innocence is not something you would ever want to go through. Sadly for Brian Banks, at the age of 16, he began an unwanted battle to prove his innocence after a fellow classmate, Wanetta Gibson, accused him of rape. His life would be forever changed. A promising American Football player, Banks was offered a scholarship to play at top football college USC (University of Southern California), but it all came crashing down when the wrongful accusation landed him in jail for five years - a term that was originally 41 years. After being told by his attorney that his chances of winning the case were impossible due to his stocky build and skin colour, he accepted a plea deal. It seemed that his mother’s actions of selling her car and home to pay for an attorney were all in vain. Brian Banks was going to jail for a crime he never committed. Instead of living a life on the football field, crushing opposing players, Banks now had to deal with a life in a cell. It’s at this point where many of us would give up hope and grow a bitter hatred towards the world; Banks took a different approach. . Over the course of the next five years Banks learned to deal with the raw hand he had been given, and even after realising his dream to play in the NFL had faded, he maintained a positive outlook on life. When he served his five years, Banks was out of prison but still not a free man. Ordered to wear an electronic tag and sign onto the sex offenders list every year, it seemed that Banks was still in prison.
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