Posted August 30, 2013

Report: Brian Banks released by Falcons

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Brian Banks was reportedly cut by the Falcons after being signed by the team in the offseason. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Brian Banks was reportedly cut by the Falcons after being signed by the team in April. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons will release linebacker Brian Banks on Friday, as the team cuts their roster to get down to the mandatory limit of 53 players by this weekend, reports FoxSports.com.

Banks, 28, spent five years in prison and another five more years on probation after being falsely accused of rape in high school.

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He was signed by the Falcons in April. Banks said he wasn’t worried about his status with making the final roster.

“No anxiety whatsoever,” Banks said after the 20-16 Falcons loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. “I tried my hardest, I worked my hardest when I came out on the field in the time I had to do what I do. It’s all up to coaches from here.”


17 comments
nycsteelersfan
nycsteelersfan

Hopefully he will get a shot with another team or in another league.  Best of luck to him!

piizzadude
piizzadude

Does he have any real potential? Practice squad material? 

MadDoser
MadDoser

I still don't understand how someone can go to jail based solely on the word of another.  There should be at least 1 piece of physical evidence to be able to convict someone.   He said/She Said = throw the case out.

Eddie_49ers
Eddie_49ers

I don't know how a guy can go through that and not be bitter and angry. Sitting in a cell KNOWING you didn't do it and having no recourse, all the while watching your dream of playing in the NFL disappear. I hope he is able to catch on with another team but I was reading in another article that Arthur Blank was so impressed with Banks that the team is looking for a career opportunity to keep Banks in Atlanta in some capacity. 

I can't help but cheer for this guy and hope that he remains in the NFL in some capacity.

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

I understand that this is the NFL and not a charity but I hope someone gives this guy a chance. I mean his work ethic is there, he is mentally strong enough that prison didn't break him. He lost years of his life that he will never get back and he is still going forward with a positive attitude. With all the players who do bad in the league right now, why not at least give a shot to a guy that embodies so many good qualities. 

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

That sucks, the girl ruined his life.......


HarshRealities
HarshRealities

Hopefully some team will pick him up to be on their training squad.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Shame it didn't work out. After what the young man went through - because of a lying skank - I really wish him all the best. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@piizzadude ~ word out of Atlanta is he'll be going onto the practice squad.  In his defense, it's hard, or would be extremely difficult for any athlete to have missed that much time and perform at a professional level.  Odds are against him, but everyday he goes out there and competes - puts in the work, it's a bonus.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@MadDoser PD talked him into a plea bargain that he took (10 year sentence vs. 20 year sentence if it went to trial), and he took it because the PD told him there was no way to win the case

jamsub
jamsub

@Eddie_49ers  That would be pretty nice if they can help him get settled into a career of some sort. Would like to see him make the field if not this year but the next.

Craig
Craig

@NoThanksESPNFacebook I agree, and I certainly hope he makes the practice squad and continues to develop.  However, I think we should start with a BIG  congratulations to Arthur Blank for taking the first step.  Even if this young man never plays another down, he can look back a this pre-season and say "Somebody gave me a chance"....and that's more than a lot of us can say.  I hope nothing but the best for him, but Blank took the first step and often times that's the toughest one.  He's got something positive on his resume now, and when he's out job hunting that's going to count for a lot.  Thanks, Arthur.  You're still a class act.

eddie767
eddie767

@NoThanksESPNFacebook I think they will bring him back on practice squad. He'll be the first player,genuinely happy to make $60-80 thou.to play in NFL. All he needs is a yr around real pros,to get up to speed.

eddie767
eddie767

@RobertJacke She asked for a plea deal and DA wouldn't give her one. She's looking at 5-10 yrs,for crying wolf. Sometimes the good guys do win.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@BryanCustard @MadDoser Yup... given the options the PD presented he was stuck between a rock and a wall.  He chose the rock.  The PD, in a word, sold him out.  I hope the PD who did that has nightmares for the next several years.