NFL Dream Delayed by False Rape Charge - '60 Minutes'

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March 22nd, 2013


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Brian Banks may yet play in the NFL. But he knows it’s a long shot after spending five years in prison for a rape charge he was exonerated of. Banks is now set on getting tryouts with pro football teams and has put the tragedy of his jail time behind him, even refusing to want punishment for the woman who falsely accused him. James Brown reports on a once promising high-school football prospect blindsided by injustice in a 60 MINUTES story to be broadcast Sunday, March 24 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


Ten years ago, a high school make-out session turned into a nightmare for the football standout at Polytech High School in Long Beach, Calif. The girl Banks was with, Wanetta Gibson, accused him of rape. Persuaded by questionable legal advice, he pleaded guilty to a crime he denied doing in a deal that avoided the possibility of a decades-long sentence. When he got out after nearly five years, he went on Facebook one day and had a shock: His accuser wanted to be “friends.”


“I immediately just… froze and I didn’t accept the request,” he tells Brown. Instead, he began communicating with her and eventually, with the help of a private investigator and a hidden camera, recorded the woman admitting she had not been raped nor kidnapped by Banks. His case was dismissed soon after the tape was brought to the authorities.


It was a moment Banks’ mother, Leomia Myers, had been waiting 10 years for. She had sold her house and car to raise money for her son’s defense. “I wanted to scream and shout for joy. I just slouched in my chair and cried. I was just so happy, so happy. That he was free, because he wasn't free before,” she tells Brown, referring to the monitoring bracelet he had been required to wear as part of his parole agreement. “You're not free when you have an ankle bracelet on your ankle. It was like your shackle.” Watch an excerpt.


Back in high school, Banks says he had a verbal agreement with USC Coach Pete Carroll to attend the school and play football for them. After getting out of Chino State Prison, he was in his mid-twenties and hadn’t played football in years. The long road back led to a job with a semi-pro football team in Las Vegas, but the team went out of business. An earlier tryout with the Seattle Seahawks, where Carroll now coaches, only underscored his shortcomings.


Asked by Brown whether he has desires to see his false accuser, who won a $1.5 million settlement against the school, punished, he replies, “No, None whatsoever. My main focus has just been on me.”


Banks is undaunted. He continues to work to reclaim the skills he lost and he is in contact with several NFL teams in an attempt to try out again for a spot on a pro roster. Regardless of what happens now, he is a free man once again and that’s what’s important. “If [making the pros] doesn’t happen, it doesn’t define me. If it does happen, it doesn’t define me,” he tells Brown.

  • Fakeem

    This is part of what’s wrong with amerikkka. Whenever a woman, and especially if it’s a white woman, says she was raped, the man is always presumed guilty, regardless of proof.

  • phx24

    @ Fakeem

    1. It is spelled America (you’re not funny)
    2. The woman in this case was black
    3. Read the article, He plead guilty (his mistake)
    4. God bless AMERICA!

  • Ronaldo


    Why do you bring up America?

    Do liars and false accusers not exist in other countries as well?

    Liars and false accusers are dangerous in ANY country where there is trial by judge and trial by jury, which includes all of Europe and some parts of Asia does it not?

    Liars and false accusers are dangerous even outside of the court system. If a parent believes their child’s lies, sometimes they will buy a gun to shoot bullets at the so-called “rapist”! Or they will buy some other weapon or sometimes they use their fists. False accusers are extremely dangerous not only to the court system, but to families and communities as well!

    Brian Banks received advice to plead guilty because the person giving him the advice was concerned that if he went before a judge or a jury, that in the absence of hard evidence exonerating him, that he would be found guilty and would receive a sentence lasting over 20 years! He would have been AT LEAST 38 when he got out of jail!

    At the trial, the prosecution would have asked Banks if he was kissing Gibson in one of the stairwells in the school. And he probably would have said yes if that happened.

    But now here comes the danger! If the prosecution had asked Gibson to take the stand, and then asked her what had happened in the stairwell. And if she had said that Banks dragged her from the stairwell to another location where she claims he raped her.

    Then the danger is that a judge or a jury might have believed her that Banks dragged her away from the stairwell!

    And if a judge or a jury believed her, Banks was looking at 20+ years in prison.

    Actually I am not sure if it was 20+ years. But I am sure it was at least a 10 year sentence.

    Now my question to you is, what makes a judge or a jury less likely to believe a rape accuser in Europe or in Asia or in Australia?

    Why do you say rape accusers are only believed in America?

  • Ronaldo

    I have an update on the situation. It turns out Brian Banks was not facing only 20+ years.

    He was facing 41 years to life!

    I think the original article should mention this :)

  • Martin

    So when does she go to Jail? So many of these men are falsely accoused and go to jail or have their futures ruined and there is no reprocussions for these accusers.

  • Richard

    She should just accuse Ronald McDonald, Mickey Mouse and Captain Crunch of raping her.

    At least then, the public would get a laugh out of her.

    Also, the people writing this article need to do more investigative journalism and find out if the accuser is available for children’s birthday parties.

    I already know that faKKKeem is available for them…

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