Brian Banks, Exonerated in Rape Case, Cut From Atlanta Falcons

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The dream of playing in this year’s regular season of the NFL ended Friday for Brian Banks, a standout football player from Long Beach Polytechnic, who spent five years in prison before his rape conviction was overturned.


Brian Banks signs his contract in April with the Atlanta Falcons. (Handout)

Banks, 27, signed with the Atlanta Falcons this spring as a linebacker but tweeted Friday afternoon that “as most have heard, my time with the Atlanta Falcons have come to an early end.”

“This experience has shown me a piece of life that was once taken, and where things (football wise) would have been if it wasn’t for the 10 years of life loss,” he wrote.

That loss of life started in 2002 when a classmate accused Banks of rape. Banks at the time was a standout athlete attracting attention from some of the nation’s top programs.

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