Brian Banks seeks compensation from state, not accuser


The former high-school football star and USC recruit who was jailed based on false testimony wants a shot at the NFL.  Brian Banks also seeks compensation for his wrongful imprisonment.

According to the Associated Press, Banks will seek $100 per day for every day of his five-year imprisonment from the state of California.  It’s a sum less than $200,000 — a far cry from fair compensation for five years behind bars.

Per the report, Banks won’t sue his accuser, Wanetta Gibson.  She recanted her claim of kidnapping and rape, allowing Banks to be fully cleared of all wrongdoing.  Prosecutors have no immediate plans to pursue criminal charges against Gibson, but the door hasn’t been closed.

43 responses to “Brian Banks seeks compensation from state, not accuser

  1. If he isn’t put behind bars for longer than he was I’ve lost even more faith in our judicial system. It’s ridiculous someone can be prosecuted simply based on someone’s word and not real

  2. Tough call. Do you hate her for the five yeasrs in prison, or do you Thank Her for owning up, being honest and ending the nightmare?

  3. It looks like Ms. wanetta gibson has struck a deal for having an innocent man’s life torn apart.
    Whatever the reason, the prosecuter should be after her with a vengence, if just to protect any other innocent man out there.

    The next accused could be your son.

  4. This entire ordeal came about because Gibson was able to get rich via lawsuit paid for by the school (taxpayers). because she lied, now Banks wants to sue the state (taxpayers). There’s a party whose major agenda is to keep this litigation nation gravy train in force and constantly expanding. Remember that the next time you visit the ballot box.

  5. This gets me so mad. Off the the words of a lying Scandolous woman a man spent FIVE years in prison. Imagine that. I’m sure the mom had something to do with it. This woman not only ruined this mans life she also puts a negative on a lot of woman who have been raped and are fighting for people to believe them. This woman deserves jail time. Let her keep the money. Put her on jail.

  6. The more and more this story develops. The more and more this guy amazes me, he has forgiven his accuser, been positive, and he’d probably burst at the seems to get on the field. Considering he’s been away five years, i doubt he can play NFL ball, but someone from the CFL or AFL, need to check him out.

  7. Wanetta need to be confined to the deepest, darkest, hole in the prison, and remain there for 5 years. I mean straight isolation, no human contact what so ever. These woman who want to falsely accuse guys of crimes such as these, must be prosecuted to the fullest. Keep ya head up, my man. Though 5 years is 5 years, you’ll be ok, it’ll be alright.

  8. I was wrongfully imprisoned and forced to read Monday morning qb and watch PFT live. It was horrifying. I’m now suing the Internet for being boring.

  9. Unbelievable that there may not be any charges against Wanetta Gibson for this. Absolutely unbelievable.

    A false charge that cost a man almost a decade in jail?

    End the false rape charges, make prosecution for it a possibility!

  10. I am smelling ‘dirty politics’ here. Why wouldn’t he sue her if she lied to the law enforcement and the court to put him in jail? I guess he struck a deal with her NOT to sue her for recanting her claims. If so, why the heck I, the tax payer, should pay all bill? Am I paranoid to think these ppl -the woman and this ‘convict/innocent’ are game with us the tax payers?? Heck, these tugs will keep sucking our blood.

  11. Oh, and keep in mind, fellas, that alleged rape victims’ names and photos are sacrosanct and not published by the press. However… someone accused of such a crime – accused, not convicted – has his name plastered all over the newspapers and media websites…

  12. For the love of God, put her behind bars! All this does is set a bad precedent and girls will continue to make these false claims. If he made a deal with her while behind bars and promised he wouldn’t sue for her money in exchange for her confession, then fine. But she shouldn’t escape the law.

  13. They can start getting him his $$$ by garnishing it from Ms. Gibson….$1.5mm for that lying gurl!

  14. Truly sad story here. However, the only thing the state offers in this case is deeper pockets. Unfortunately for him, there is no guilt on the side of the state. He still pled guilty to false charges made by the “victim”.

    It’s not the states fault she made false allegations against him. He should be suing her….

  15. Why should the taxpayers have to pay for this mistake and NOT Wanetta Gibson? I’m not saying the state shouldn’t make some kind of restitution, but there is no way she should not be getting a free pass on this. That woman was awarded 1.5 million dollars from the school district that she did not deserve.

  16. He needs to go at both parties… He deserves so much more for how much was taken.

  17. The minimal coverage/comments this story has received is beyond me.

    So many more details to this story that could be provided.

    Dig deeper

  18. Hope some team gives him a shot. This women ruined his life and I can’t imagine a person who could live with themselves for falsely putting someone behind bars

  19. Stating the obvious, 5 years is a long time in a young man’s life to spend in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. The State of California should compensate him for every day behind bars.

    They should also pay for his enrollment in college where he can pursue a degree and play football. That was stolen from him and should be returned.

    The accuser should be arrested and spend 5 years in jail.

  20. @raiderspride

    Not nearly as tough as you think. He was already out of prison when she fessed up. The only thing her confession did was clear his name and clear his record. It didn’t get him released from prison early.

  21. Of course he’s suing the state….. the woman who lied and put him in prison has $1.98 to her name.

    The system is that the state puts forward whatever evidence it has. It’s up to a jury to decide if that’s credible enough to convict and incarcerate you.

    The state had the victim’s testimony, which was credible enough to convict Banks.

    She lied.

    His beef isn’t with the “system”; it’s with the victim who lied, and the jurors who believed her, as well as his own lawyer who didn’t do a good enough job to get him acquitted.

    Sucks that he got wrongly convicted and served six years, but as flawed as it may be, the system worked, given what it had to work with.

  22. The only thing worse than taking a man’s freedom is taking his life. Considerations need to made regarding the time he spent in prison, the education he lost as well as the possibility that he may have made an NFL team. Asking for such a low amount may not push the state into seeking charges against his accuser. They will more than likely settle this have him sign a confidentiality clause and watch it all disappear. Unfortunately they may never go after this woman simply because she may not have any money to recoup and it would cost more to pursue legal actions than could be recovered. There is also the issue that some women may not report rapes if they believe they could be prosecuted and sued if their claim can’t be proved. I personally think they should nail this woman and anyone that was driving her to do this as well.

  23. The parents from that school district need to be pressuring the school board into getting every dime that piece of trash received back.. and then some. That’s money that could have gone into the classrooms and into those children’s educations.

  24. State owes him nothing!! The guy didn’t fight for his innocence he just pled guilty. So if the accused pleads guilty how the hell is that the states fault? Now if he would have fought and still done time it would be a different story.

  25. He needs to go after the state. To be 16 and told you can’t talk to your mom before signing a plea is absolute horse $hit. Oh, and the lack of evidence also. Goes to show our legal system isn’t blind, money greatly improves your chances of getting off.

    he should go after them for 100 million to make a point and secure something that he could have made.

  26. nyfootballgiants says:
    May 27, 2012 2:30 AM
    Truly sad story here. However, the only thing the state offers in this case is deeper pockets. Unfortunately for him, there is no guilt on the side of the state. He still pled guilty to false charges made by the “victim”.

    It’s not the states fault she made false allegations against him. He should be suing her….


    True, but when the state decides to proceed with essentially no evidence and force a 16 year old into signing a plea it is their fault. And they need to pay to the tunes of millions of dollars. Took a chance away from a high school standout to go play for USC on a full ride. That alone is more than 200 k.

    This is the states fault for not doing their due diligence and checking whether the case had merit.

  27. There have been a few famous cases were men have been imprisoned on false accusations like this and the women have later come forward and admitted the whole thing was a fraud. None of those women were charged with a crime. And overall, it’s rare for perjury cases to be prosecuted, even when the person is caught in the act of lying to the court. Maybe if more people got into trouble for this stuff it would happen less often.

  28. Yes, there have been a few famous cases where men have been imprisoned on false accusations.

    How many have been not famous?

  29. If you read about the case, the 16 year old took the plea on the advice of his attorney. (he could have faught it, and gambled that a jury would have seen it differently. He chose to plead guilty to a crime he didnt comit ). Not the states fault that she lied. Possibly bad advice from his own attorney, but definitely the fault of the lying “victim”.

    Sad story. Unfortunate. However, still not the states fault.

  30. Just as well she didn’t accuse him of something he could be executed for. Bit tougher to say sorry and take that back!

  31. Poor man. He deserves far more money than that, despite his ordeal. Though I guess he’s got his reasons, such as being humble. But I’m only guessing.

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