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Brian Banks is heading to Las Vegas with the UFL

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Brian Banks, a former high school football star who lost his scholarship to USC — and five years of his life — after he was falsely accused of rape, will get a chance to play professionally in the United Football League.

Banks has signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives, CBS 2 in Los Angeles reports.

In 2003, the teenage Banks was convicted of raping a high school classmate named Wanetta Gibson. After he spent five years in prison, lawyers with the California Innocence Project demonstrated that there was no DNA evidence in the case, and after Banks was released he secretly recorded a conversation with Gibson in which she admitted that she made the whole thing up to make money off a lawsuit against the school district.

Gibson has not been charged with perjury or any related crimes, and legal analysts say she is not likely to be forced to repay the $750,000 settlement she received from the school district.

The Locomotives, who are coached by Jim Fassel and quarterbacked by Brian Brohm, open their UFL season on Wednesday night.

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12 Responses to “Brian Banks is heading to Las Vegas with the UFL”
  1. azbroncos says: Sep 18, 2012 4:11 PM

    Good for him. Hope he makes a NFL roster one day

  2. sawasta says: Sep 18, 2012 4:16 PM

    Phenomenal news. Best wishes to this guy.

  3. Stiller43 says: Sep 18, 2012 4:20 PM

    Good news about him.

    But WHAT? She gets off scott free for cheating 3 quarters of a million dollars of taxpayer money after lying under oath and ruining this kids life for 5 years?

  4. mikealstott says: Sep 18, 2012 4:27 PM

    Las Vegas is the perfect town to help avoid any trouble or off field issues…. Good luck young man…

  5. tbraiders says: Sep 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    Agree with above posts. Happy for him and hope he can make it to the NFL.

    Gibson needs to be charged with perjury, spend 5 years in jail, and pay back every cent plus interest.

  6. randallflagg52 says: Sep 18, 2012 4:43 PM

    California has to have the most messed up legal system.

  7. ssac3408 says: Sep 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    This woman needs to be charged with sexual assault for raping the California legal system out of 750k!

  8. slomax10 says: Sep 18, 2012 5:10 PM

    And that ladies and gentlemen is what’s wrong with America!! This woman gets $750k for ruining someone else’s life and doesn’t even have to pay it back. Makes me sick to my stomach!!! Kinda like the 2008 financial crisis, remind me who got punished for all that cheating and lying again??? Why are people not held accountable for anything anymore?? Good luck to you Brian, hope u make the team!!

  9. kgun80 says: Sep 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    Where do I buy a locomotives jersey??!

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 18, 2012 5:34 PM

    Hope he does well, his accuser on the other hand….

  11. thepftpaperchase says: Sep 18, 2012 10:03 PM

    Actually, they don’t play until next Wednesday (September 26th). The UFL delayed the season opener by a week.

  12. eaglescomments says: Sep 18, 2012 11:57 PM

    I wish this guy the best on his career and life

    Now as for the chick she needs to be in prison for 10 years, pay back all that money plus more and get raped by the proper justice system

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