Former HS Football Star Brian Banks Spent 6 Years in Prison for Rape Didn’t Commit

For a second I want you to put yourself in Banks’ shoes.

You know you didn’t commit a crime, but you are 17 years old and lawyers are saying you can go to jail for 41 years unless you accept a plea deal.

No 17 year old should be force to make that decision, but Banks thinking if he is found guilty his life would essentially be over, takes the deal.

He does his time, his football dreams are shattered and then the woman he didn’t rape says this…..

He maintained there was no rape and their sexual contact was consensual, but his lawyer urged him to plead no contest rather than risk a sentence of 41 years to life in prison if convicted. He followed the advice and went to prison for six years, shattering his dreams of gridiron glory.

Lawyers for the California Innocence Project were prepared Thursday to argue he should be exonerated.

In a strange turn of events, the woman who accused him a decade ago friended him on Facebook when he got out of prison. Wanetta Gibson explained she wanted to “let bygones be bygones.”

According to documents in the case, she met with Banks and said she had lied; there had been no kidnap and no rape and she offered to help him clear his record.

But she subsequently refused to repeat the story to prosecutors because she feared she would have to return a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against Long Beach schools.

She was quoted as telling Banks: “I will go through with helping you but it’s like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back.”

May I ask a question?

Why isn’t Wanetta Gibson in jail?

She just didn’t destroyed Banks’ future (worst case scenario at least his name is clear and he has some sort of college education), she defrauded the school out of $1.5 million based on a lie.

Rape is a serious charge.

If you are accused of rape as a man regardless if you are innocent or guilty it stains your reputation, so there is no worse woman on earth than one that lies about being rape.

She should be punished, sued and jailed.

30 thoughts on “Former HS Football Star Brian Banks Spent 6 Years in Prison for Rape Didn’t Commit

  • I don’t think the laws in California are too stiff regarding false-accusations, unfortunately. I’m sure there will be a multitude of civil lawsuits by Brian Banks and his family but I doubt either Cuntetta Gibson or her pathetic mother will be convicted of a crime. I hope this gets enough national attention to prompt a change in the law regarding this type of horrible thing. Congratulations to the Innocence Project and their attorneys for caring enough to win this for Brian. Brian Banks seems like an amazing guy that had a promising future, stolen by an evil witch and her mother, and hopefully, he’ll be able to put enough pieces back together to lead a happy, healthy and productive life. Life is tough enough, but it seems like Brian is the type of person that can perservere. I live in the same city as he does and he’s my new local hero and will be for a long time.

  • I am a woman. I am a parent. I am a rape victim/ survivor. What this woman and her parents did has set back everything that has been done in an effort to help true rape victims. Damn them. I’m so sad for the injustice done to this young man.

  • I don’t want her or her disgusting so called mother in jail, then WE have to support them, put their sorry a—es to work and they can pay that man from their paychecks every week! I am mixed but it outrages me that there is never an outcry when black people do these things to black people but if this woman were white or anything but black she would be under death threats from black muslims, etc., this young man is blessed, he went through the fire and emerged on the other side, no one can touch him now-I hope all he touches prospers in every way.

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