Brian Banks (American football) Biography | Brian Banks
Who is Brian Banks is a former American football linebacker. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) on April 3, 2013. Banks previously signed as an undrafted free agent with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League in 2012.
Banks was a standout high school football star at Polytechnic High School (Poly) in Long Beach, California. In 2002, his Junior year, Banks verbally committed to USC. After being falsely accused of rape by classmate Wanetta Gibson, he spent close to six years wrongfully imprisoned and five years on strict custody parole, but had his conviction overturned in 2012 after his accuser confessed that she had fabricated the entire story.
Following his exoneration, Banks sought to resume his football career, playing for the now-defunct United Football League (UFL), attending mini-camps for several NFL teams, and later signing with the Atlanta Falcons.
Brian Banks Age
Brian Banks is a former American football linebacker who is 33 years old as of 2018. He was born on 24 July 1985, in Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Brian Banks Height And Weight
Brian Banks is a former American football linebacker who has a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)tall and a weight of 250 lb (113 kg)
Brian Banks High school career
A native of Long Beach, California, Banks attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where he was teammates with DeSean Jackson, Darnell Bing, Winston Justice, and Marcedes Lewis. He was named one of Rivals.com’s “Juniors to Watch” of the class of 2003, before being expelled from school due to a rape accusation, later shown to be false.
Brian Banks Professional career
In the summer of 2012, Banks received tryouts with several NFL teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, and San Francisco 49ers. He attended minicamp with the Seattle Seahawks, whose head coach, Pete Carroll, was the one who had offered Banks a scholarship in 2002 when he was the head coach at USC.
Las Vegas Locomotives
Banks signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL on September 20, 2012, appearing in two games and making one tackle before the UFL suspended its season in October.
Banks signed with the Falcons on April 3, 2013, participating in Falcons offseason workouts, OTA’s, and training camp. Banks made his NFL debut in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, where he picked up two tackles. He played four preseason games with the Falcons before being released on August 30, 2013.
National Football League (NFL)
In 2014, Banks was asked by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to speak at the 2014 NFL draft Rookie Symposium. Banks accepted and his speech was well received. A few weeks later, he was hired to join the NFL Department of Operations.
Brian Banks Family | Parents
Brian Banks a former American football linebacker. Who signed with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League on April 3, 2013. Banks previously signed as an undrafted free agent with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League in 2012. His family Includes the following people below:
- Leomia Meyers
- Emanuela Marinova
- Jonathan Banks
Brian Banks Wife
Brian banks married Emanuela Marinova in May 2015. But the newlywed couple could not save their married life. Banks was falsely accused of raping his colleague that changed everything in his life, and he could not lead a satisfying life with his wife. Although the allegations were false, and he was to go to jail for 5 years.
Yet nothing could remove the black spot of stigma from his life. So the couple filed for divorce, and they had no child. There is no authentic piece of information about his net worth and market value. He remained attached to his football career only, and nothing is known about his side-business. But he never broke his silence about his wealth.
Woman Who Falsely Accused Brian Banks of Rape Ordered to Pay $2.6M
A woman who falsely claimed Brian Banks raped her will now have to pay the school district where she claimed the rape occurred
By Jason Kandel
Published Jun 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM | Updated at 1:55 PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013
A woman whose false claim of rape sent former prep football star Brian Banks to prison was ordered to pay a $2.6 million judgment in connection with the case.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday ordered Wanetta Gibson to pay a $1.5 million, plus an additional $1.1 million in fees, including for making a false claim and court-related costs, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.
Gibson was a former high-school acquaintance of Banks in 2002 when she accused him of raping her at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, according to the California Innocence Project, an organization that helped exonerate Banks.
Gibson sued the Long Beach Unified School District claiming the school was not safe and won a $1.5 million settlement.
Gibson ultimately admitted she made up the story and a judge reversed Banks’ conviction on May 24, 2012.
Banks signed this year to play with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Brian Banks is a former American football linebacker who is information about his marriage is private, His wife name is Emanuela Marinova
False accusation of sexual assault
In the summer of 2002, Banks was arrested and charged after classmate Wanetta Gibson falsely accused him of dragging her into a stairway at Polytechnic High School (Poly) and raping her. Faced with a possible 41 years to a life sentence, he accepted a plea deal that included five years in prison, five years of probation, and registering as a sex offender.
Wanetta Gibson and her mother Wanda Rhodes sued the Long Beach Unified School District, claiming the Poly campus was not a safe environment and won a $1.5 million settlement. Banks says that the lawyer said that by pleading guilty he would receive probation, but no jail time.
Confession of false accusation
In March 2011, Gibson contacted Banks on Facebook, met with him, and admitted in the presence of an attorney that she had fabricated the story. Banks secretly recorded Gibson’s confession, but she later refused to tell prosecutors that she had lied so she wouldn’t have to return the money she and her family had won in court.
California Innocence Project
Prior to the taped confession, Banks had asked for help from the California Innocence Project (CIP), a nonprofit law school clinic run by the San Diego-based law school California Western School of Law that investigates and litigates cases of factual innocence, but at that time there had not been sufficient evidence of Banks’ innocence for them to take on the case. However, after the confession, CIP decided to make this the organization’s first case involving a wrongfully convicted person who had already been released from prison.
The video evidence was not admissible in court, because the video had been made without Gibson’s knowledge or consent and was not accompanied by a signed confession from the young woman. However, CIP was instrumental in putting together additional evidence supporting Banks’ story, which led the district attorney to dismiss all charges against him on May 24, 2012. He was also released from sex-offender status, allowing him to resume his aborted sports career.
Banks support CIP in its efforts on behalf of the wrongly-convicted, including participating in CIP’s 2013 Innocence March. He often wears a shirt with the lettering “XONR8” (“exonerate”).
On April 12, 2013, the Long Beach Unified School District announced it was suing Wanetta Gibson for $2 million in an effort to recoup the $1.5 million she received, along with attorney’s fees and punitive damages. On June 14, 2013, the school district won a $2.6 million judgment against Gibson, which includes the $750,000 settlement initially paid to her along with attorney’s fees, interest, and $1 million in punitive damages. Gibson has gone into hiding and failed to appear at all court dates. She was due to a second $750,000 payment under terms of the original 2007 deal, which was canceled.
Brian Banks Film project
A feature film project based on Banks’ story, co-executive produced by Banks himself and Justin Brooks of CIP, is currently filming. It is directed by Tom Shadyac, the creator of such films as Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty, and features Aldis Hodge as Brian Banks, Greg Kinnear as Brooks and Tiffany Dupont as CIP attorney Alissa Bjerkhoel. The movie is scheduled to be released on August 9th, 2019.
In January 2018 Banks joined the Oxygen channel’s series “Final Appeal”, co-hosting with Loni Coombs. The duo re-examines crimes in which the guilty verdict is in question, and attempt to discover and reevaluate evidence to help the convicted either achieve an appeal or definitively determine guilt. The show intends to help those wrongly convicted, as Banks was.
Brian Banks Movies
Brian Banks Trailer: Aldis Hodge Stars in True Story Drama
BY SANDY SCHAEFER – ON APR 24, 2019 IN MOVIE TRAILERS
Straight Outta Compton’s Aldis Hodge stars as football player Brian Banks in the trailer for director Tom Shadyac’s true story drama, Brian Banks. Shadyac isn’t exactly known for tackling biographies like this, having spent much of his career working on broad comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, and Bruce Almighty. However, in the twelve years since he suffered a nearly fatal biking accident in 2007, the filmmaker has changed course and begun to focus his efforts on different ventures.
In addition to making a documentary about his experiences (titled I Am) in 2011, Shadyac has been teaching film at universities in Colorado Boulder and Memphis for the last few years. Brian Banks marks his first non-documentary feature as a director since Evan Almighty in 2007 and held its world premiere at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it got generally positive reviews. The docudrama is currently gearing up for its release in theaters this summer, with Bleecker Street onboard as its distributor.
Hodge stars in Brian Banks as the film’s namesake, a Long Beach high school football star who was committed to USC when he was falsely accused of rape by a classmate and ultimately sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Banks thereafter sought the help of the California Innocence Project, in a bid to take back his life and realize his dream of playing in the NFL. You can watch the trailer for Brian Banks in the space below.
Early reviews have pegged Brian Banks as being a somewhat slick biopic elevated by Hodge and the performances from his costars, like Greg Kinnear (The Twilight Zone) and Melanie Liburd (This Is Us). The official trailer leaves a similar impression, suggesting the film is a well-meaning, if not necessarily groundbreaking, look at the U.S. justice system, and how race and/or class-based privilege affects the way that people like Banks are treated in the eyes of the law. It’s pretty challenging subject matter all in all, but so far it appears that Shadyac and writer Doug Atchinson (Akeelah and the Bee) have done a respectable job of handling it.
Brian Banks is set to hit theaters in a few months on August 9, where it will open against the adaptations of the Artemis Fowl and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark novels, as well as the comic book movie The Kitchen. It’s going to be a pretty competitive weekend, but the idea is clearly for Shadyac’s film to offer some dramatic counter-programming to the bigger studio releases arriving that day. Banks’ story is certainly one that deserves to be told, so here’s to hoping that it manages to find a sizable audience.
2019 Summer Movie Preview – The 20 Films to See
The 2019 summer movie season (that is, May through August) is right around the corner, so we’re counting down the must-see films of the frame. 2019 got off to a relatively slow start, with several movies either disappointing critically and/or struggling to take off at the box office.
Fortunately, things started to pick up near the end of February, beginning with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and especially Captain Marvel, followed by a handful of hits like Us and Shazam!. And of course, April will end with a massive bang thanks to the release of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.
Things shouldn’t slow down much when the proper summer movie season gets underway, either. Indeed, there are even more superhero tentpoles, some major live-action Disney remakes, anticipated animated sequels, and a number of exciting-looking horror films on the immediate horizon.
Of course, for those who need a break from genre fare and franchises, there are some equally intriguing indie offerings, biopics, and even a new Quentin Tarantino flick to look forward to. (And before anyone asks: Endgame was on our 2019 Winter/Spring preview, which is why it’s not listed here.)