Cleared of Rape Conviction via Facebook, Footballer Gets NFL Chance

Once a highly-touted high school football recruit, 26-year-old Brian Banks got an NFL tryout this week. But he’s not just another gridiron grinder clinging to the fringes of an NFL dream — Banks served five years in prison and was on parole for another five years after accepting a plea deal 10 years ago on charges of rape and kidnapping.

Banks was officially exonerated last month in California Superior Court. The key to his rapid reversal of fortune? Facebook and a hidden video camera that caught his accuser admitting to making up the story.

Banks was a hot prospect linebacker as a Long Beach high school player, recruited by elite college programs including University of Southern Ca… Continue reading…

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