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Banks accepts invite to Hawks minicamp

Post by Eric Williams on June 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm with 18 Comments »
June 10, 2012 5:38 pm
Brian Banks and Pete Carroll talk folllowing a workout on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Virgina Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash.

After visits to San Diego and Kansas City, Brian Banks will return to Seattle and participate in the Seahawks minicamp, according to his agent Bruce Tollner.

According to Tim Booth of the Associated Press, the 26-year-old Banks will workout with the Chiefs on Tuesday, and then participate in the final two days of Seattle’s minicamp on Wednesday and Thursday.

A high school star linebacker at Long Beach Poly High, Banks was recently exonerated in a California rape and kidnapping cape for which he was falsely accused after the victim recanted her story.

Banks served five years and two months in prison.

Banks participated in a tryout with the Seahawks on Thursday. After a productive workout, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll extended him an offer to tryout for the team’s 90-man roster at this week’s minicamp.

Banks also participated in a workout in San Diego for Chargers’ brass on Friday. Minnesota, Washington and San Francisco also remain interested in Banks.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, As I’m sure you will, please let us know where they play him, and with which group (not just “3rd unit” but with whom).

    I’m really pulling for him. Here’s to hoping he stays healthy, and plays with instinct (and fast). I couldn’t care less about assignments now. Those can be taught.

  2. It would awsome if Banks has what it takes to make the team. I am rooting for him even if the odds of him making a 53 man roster spot are against him. I am sure whatever happens to Banks in football and in life he will be an inspiration to others.

  3. raymaines says:

    If by miracle he makes the team I’d be tempted to by a custom jersey with his number and the letters “XONR8″ across the shoulders. What a great story. I wish him well.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    raymaines – If he’s signed to the practice squad, I’m getting his game / customized, jersey. Hell yes!

  5. That’d be a cool jersey.

  6. MattandCindy says:

    Banks can also get a license plate that says 50D0M1ZD…..

    And I know I’m a jerk, but it can’t be helped.

  7. One small thing here bothers me just a bit. If he only participates in the last 2 days of the 3 day minicamp (because he’ll be in KC tomorrow), I think he is putting his best chance at a HUGE risk. Think of it this way…

    He hasn’t played in 10 years and he’s essentailly giving up 33% of his time at this minicamp. That HAS to impact his chances given the circumstances. Personally, without knowing more, I think this is both a very bad move on his part, and shows a bit of a lack of commitment to us. He should be here for all three days and then work out in KC on Thursday (or whenever).

    I’m a bit dissapointed because I want to see him be successful and it feels like there is some bad advice going his way, or a poor decision on his part. (Again, based only what we know on the surface publically.)

  8. bbnate420 says:

    I think you’re wrong Skavage. He needs to be seen by as many teams as possible in case he gets cut by us, assuming he even makes the 90!

  9. Mattandcindy, that’s 1 too many characters for a WA state license plate :(

  10. Soggybuc says:

    I’m sure there are a handful of guys who they already know are not in play for a spot they can let go to make room for Banks. 2 days with the rest of the guys should be enough for them to decide whether or not he is worth offering a contract.

    I’ll be honest and say that I hope they sign the kid even if it’s a charity contract and he has no hope of making the 53. at least that way he can get a signing bonus because Karma owes this kid something. California is going to eventually pay this kid for wrongful incarceration but that is going to have to play out in the courts and take time.

  11. chuck_easton says:

    California has a law that a persoon wrongfully incarcerated is entitled to $100.00 per day so the most Banks will get from the state is around $180,000.00 which is exactly the amount Banks is suing for.

  12. Soggybuc says:

    Thats pretty lame if you ask me! seeing as the accuser has pissed away everything they got in the settlement he has little recourse that direction in a civil suit. the system really took a dump on this poor kid.

  13. Whether or not Banks ends up here,(I hope he makes it) it’s a breath of fresh air that Pete can “pull”. Often times in the past it’s felt like Seattle was synonymous with “leper colony” in regards to potential talent making it’s way to the Seahawks. Now it’s obvious that visitors are left with a feeling that this is a place they want to be. An identity they want to be a part of. Via draft, free agency, trade, waivers, foreign leagues, practice squads or recently released prisoners, this front office leaves no stone unturned in it’s quest to assemble a championship roster.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    He does fit in with us perfectly, I don’t think it’s a charity case.
    I think he has an athletes body without the wear and tear, with a modest amount of training he’ll catch up by midseason and be another diamond if not for us then someone else. I do think it’s cool that we have first dibs on the guy, obviously he wants to play for Carrol, hell everybody does! It wasn’t that long ago we couldn’t recruit anybody here unless we threw tons of Paul Allen’s cash at them.
    This story has book and movie written all over it.

  15. Sarcasticus says:

    I wish nothing but good things for Banks.

    With that said, I hope he makes the team because he is a monster. I want to the Seahawks continually adding talent.

  16. You have to admit that Bank’s story is quite incredible. I don’t think I could handle what he went through and not be out for revenge on the woman who falsely accused him. Personally, she should be sent to jail for not clearing this matter up before he went to jail! Not to mention, the settlement her family got was huge. Better start counting your pennies because they had better go back after it. They get to live high on the hog and he got to sit in jail. It just doesn’t seem right in my books. Not only should Banks get 100.00 bucks a day…but he should also have the satisfaction of seeing the woman in jail for the amount of time he served.

    As for making the team…probably does not have a chance because the lack of field experience…but if he shows potential, maybe sitting him on the practice squad for a couple years might be worth it.

    I am seriously ready for some football. Basketball season is about over (Go OKC…I mean Sonics)…as for Baseball…just another year of wishing the M’s had some bats. Their pitching is decent…they have not scored enough to make them competitive. Bring on the HAWKS! Football package is already ordered!

  17. chuck_easton says:


    As I. Said previously the woman in question is likely guilty of the offense of filing a false police report. That crime is a misdemeanor in California. Even if she were charged at this point it’s very unlikely that a conviction or plea bargain would result in jail time as she was a minor at the time.

    She never committed perjury because she never testified under oath. Banks plead no contest with no trial.

    The money the school paid went to the girls parents as she was a minor. The reports are the money is already spent and the family is now on social assistance. As the saying goes, you can’t get blood from. A turnip and you can’t get money from someone who is broke.

    Banks has few options and is taking the high road in letting this go.

  18. notimetobleed says:

    Good Story. Hope he makes it.

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