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08:03 AM ET 06.01 | More than 10 years after his college football dreams were taken from him, Brian Banks is getting another chance. The former prep star from Long Beach, who was recently exonerated in a 2002 rape case, will try out for the Seattle Seahawks on June 7, the team confirmed to The Associated Press. ... The Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins have also called Banks for a tryout, but a first chance with the Seahawks may be the most symbolic for the linebacker. Banks had verbally committed to USC when he was accused of rape. The Trojans' coach at the time was Pete Carroll, who left the university to coach the Seahawks in 2010. In an appearance on the "Today" show last week, Banks asked for NFL coaches to give him a shot.

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June 1, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Glad this guy is getting a second chance.... The girl who cried rape got a huge settlement and was able to carry on with her life.

June 1, 2012  08:12 AM ET

The Arizona Diamondbacks have also "guaranteed" him a job within their organization, if things don't work out in the NFL.

June 1, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Of course, the Fins are on the list. Multiple tryouts with Seattle? "We won't sing you after that performance. Wanna try again?" What's this guy's position?

June 1, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Classy move by Pete Carroll to help get the ball rolling. I hope Banks gets the chance to follow his football dream.

June 1, 2012  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Arizona Diamondbacks have also "guaranteed" him a job within their organization, if things don't work out in the NFL.

That's awesome.

June 1, 2012  08:18 AM ET

I was good in high school, too. Will the Seahawks give me a shot? Being good at anything in high school is meaningless.

June 1, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Glad this guy is getting a second chance.... The girl who cried rape got a huge settlement and was able to carry on with her life.

Effin' bitch...

June 1, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Glad this guy is getting a second chance.... The girl who cried rape got a huge settlement and was able to carry on with her life.

She should be required to pay him restitution.

June 1, 2012  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

She should be required to pay him restitution.

Heck yes, especially if she got a settlement out of this. Throw in 10 years worth of interest on top of it.

June 1, 2012  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

She should be required to pay him restitution.

Heck yes, especially if she got a settlement out of this. Throw in 10 years worth of interest on top of it.

June 1, 2012  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Of course, the Fins are on the list. Multiple tryouts with Seattle? "We won't sing you after that performance. Wanna try again?" What's this guy's position?

LB. He was guaranteed a full ride at UCLA at the age of 16 before this.

June 1, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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LB. He was guaranteed a full ride at UCLA at the age of 16 before this.

*USC

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June 1, 2012  08:47 AM ET

The girl in the case won a multi-million dollar settlement from the school district on the basis that they did not provide a safe environment. According to Banks, there wasn't even consensual sex involved; all they did was kiss in an elevator.

June 1, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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The girl in the case won a multi-million dollar settlement from the school district on the basis that they did not provide a safe environment. According to Banks, there wasn't even consensual sex involved; all they did was kiss in an elevator.

I'd be surprised if the school district doesn't come looking for their money very soon.

June 1, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The girl in the case won a multi-million dollar settlement from the school district on the basis that they did not provide a safe environment. According to Banks, there wasn't even consensual sex involved; all they did was kiss in an elevator.

I'm surprised they didn't hold the elevator company responsible.

Maybe Banks should sue them. After all, he got the shaft.

June 1, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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I'd be surprised if the school district doesn't come looking for their money very soon.

Are they saying he didn't do it, or are they saying no crime was ever committed? Big difference in the lawsuit.

June 1, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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Are they saying he didn't do it, or are they saying no crime was ever committed? Big difference in the lawsuit.

I bet she's broke now. Guilt probably made her finally tell the truth.

June 1, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Are they saying he didn't do it, or are they saying no crime was ever committed? Big difference in the lawsuit.

From what I read, there was no crime committed.

 
June 1, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Glad this guy is getting a second chance.... The girl who cried rape got a huge settlement and was able to carry on with her life.

It gets better - or much worse: from the LA Times:

"(The plaintiff) testified that Banks raped her on the Poly campus. Banks said the encounter was consensual. Rather than face a prison term of from 41 years to life, Banks accepted a plea deal that destroyed his dream of playing college football. At Poly, he had been a star at linebacker.
(The plaintiff) sued the Long Beach Unified School District, claiming the Poly campus was not a safe environment, and won a $1.5-million settlement. Banks spent more than five years in prison, was required to register as a sex offender and was still on probation wearing an electronic monitoring device. Nearly a decade later, (she) contacted Banks on Facebook, met with him and admitted that she had fabricated the story."

Man, I am all against rape, but this destroyed that person's life. Maybe Banks should sue?

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