Yesterday Daily Weekly touched on the incredible story of Brian Banks, a formerly-convicted rapist who was exonerated thanks to Facebook. Banks, who appeared on the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno earlier this week, scored a tryout with the Seahawks thanks to connections with coach Pete Carroll and the athletic prowess he displayed prior to his five-year sentence for rape and kidnapping.
As the post noted:
Banks told Leno on last night's NBC Tonight Show the details of being falsely accused of rape when he was a 16-year-old Long Beach high school star linebacker in 2002. At 17, though he said he did nothing more than a kiss a girl in a school stairwell, he was facing a 40-year sentence if convicted. His attorney persuaded him to plead guilty to kidnapping and rape, and he served just over five years in prison. He was released on five years probation, facing a doubtful future as ex-con and washed-up football player.
However, as Banks told Leno, out of the blue his former accuser contacted him via Facebook, displaying remorse and interested in meeting in person. Banks agreed to meet and had a family member, a private detective, record it. The onetime victim, whose family had sued the school district over the alleged rape and won $1.5 million in damages, admitted on tape that her story was false.
As the post describes:
Aided by the California Innocence Project, Banks subsequently sought reversal of his conviction, which was granted May 24 by the same judge who sent him to prison.
"Let's get to the happy part," said Leno. "You got a tryout with the Seahawks."
"Yeah!" said Banks, wearing a sweatshirt with the Innocence Project logo. The audience, sitting so long in rapt silence, erupted in cheers.
Banks' story inspired Daily Weekly commenter Rod Carey to chime in:
It probably would be a fairy tale end with what the guy has working against him - no college experience - no contact play of any significance in ten years. Linebacker though is a brute position and he's said to be fast and strong - powerful. You hope the guy can pull it off. If so, he'll still be a project, but Carroll seems game. I like that.