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Are The Chargers Interested in Brian Banks Story?


I know a few of you have heard the story of Brian Banks. His story was part of the morning dump a couple of days ago, but here is a little summary if you didn’t catch it on the dump.

Banks was a high school star linebacker and all kinds of colleges, including USC, offered him a full ride scholarship because of his football talent. Then, when he was 17 years old he was convicted for kidnapping and rape. His football career stopped and he had to sit in jail for 5 years.

Banks, now 26 years old, has been cleared of the charges last week after receiving assistance from California Western School of Law. Now Banks wants to get back into football and one of the teams that he would love to play for is the San Diego Chargers.

There are some conflicting reports on our interest in him.

LA Weekly just posted this:

Bill Johnston, director of public relations for the San Diego Chargers, says “there’s no interest in this time” at letting Banks try out for the team.

“No one here had even heard of him until this story came out until this story came out today,” says Johnston.

Cold world.

And then KUSI posted a story that we have contacted him.

It would be an amazing comeback story for the kid, but that is a long hard road to make. I will be rooting for him on whatever team he catches on with. There is some speculation that he catches on with the Miami Dolphins since his story would be perfect for HBO Hard Knocks. We shall see where he ends up.  I really doubt that he ends up here.

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  • BrandonReisinger

    I would welcome it! We always seem to find our best players as undrafted free agents with a lot to prove, I could see this happening if it where not for the fact that we are already over our 90 spots at the moment.  Would be a great story if he works out tough 

  • RussellGrant

    From a pragmatic standpoint, with English having groin problems I’d say bring him in.  Spikes and JJ are the best teachers he’ll ever get at this level.  No doubt Banks is hungry to prove himself.

  • RMainwaring

    26 might up there in football years for some but since he hasn’t played, he probably has the body of a 21 year old. I sincerely hope for the best for him. I have a friend that is in prison doing life for something he didn’t do so I can sort of identify.

  • MikeTuck

    Haven’t heard that name since Chip Banks played for us. If he’s good enough to compete for a job you bring him in, and if he wins a job that’s great. They can stipulate his off field life through his contract, also helping him become a better person through the organization. A few years ago we were knee deep in good LB’s, it would be great to be that way again especially for our special teams.

    • RussellGrant

       @MikeTuck I doubt we would need to stipulate much as far as a personal conduct clause.  This guy did prison time because a woman lied and then wasn’t released until someone recorded her saying she’d love to help him but Long Beach Unified paid her family so much money. 
       

      • RMainwaring

         @RussellGrant  @MikeTuck Banks should sue her for taking 5 years of his life. 

      • MikeTuck

         @RussellGrantYeah russ it was more a comment on Smith’s dealings with troubled players, wwhether right or wrong he doesn’t want the black eye type.  This guy would be great for us, like I’ve said it’s been years since we were 8 LB’s deep so to get there again would help our D and Special teams.
         

  • BrandonReisinger

    Off topic, just got done watching new NFL top 100 and 2 TEs left neither Gronk nor Jimmy Graham have landed yet…. Looks like there will be no Gates on this list, so Jason Witten is a better TE? Gonzo had a better year then Gates last year?? This list has gone from ridicules to flat out insulting! I’m starting to get the feeling that Rivers will be the only Charger on this list. 

    • BrandonReisinger

      I WILL NOT DRINK THE COOL-AID NFL NETWORK!!!! o.O 

    • RMainwaring

       @BrandonReisinger  I think there will be more Chargers on it.

      • BrandonReisinger

         @RMainwaring VJ and Weddle would be the only other two that i could see being there but the list is getting shorter and shorter, I’m either going to be ecstatic that Weddle made it way up on the list or extremely frustrated that he dis not make it at all.

  • Bleu

    cold story………..

  • BoogaP

    Seattle has confirmed a tryout for Banks per yahoo per…. I dont know.

  • RMainwaring

    Redskins, Chiefs and the Seahawks are interested.

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  • Chargertom

    He’s trouble.He was convicted of kidnapping and rape.That never go’s away for the victom why should it go away for him.Let him live with it like the victom does! I’m glad the Chargers don’t want anything to do with him!!!

    • RussellGrant

       @Chargertom The charges were overturned when the victim admitted she made up her story but wouldn’t help him because Long Beach Unified had paid her family 1.5 mill.  BANKS IS THE VICTIM HERE!

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    • RMainwaring

       @Chargertom Yeah dude. Check the story. The girl he was convicted of raping admitted she lied about it. That’s why the dude was released and exonerated. Helloooo!

  • Unbridled488

    @wclark68022 LMFAO @jokesallnight

  • RussellGrant

    And what kind of balls this woman would have after putting a guy in prison for years, to try and add him on Facebook?

  • MikeTuck

    That’s great but on recanted storys, she should pay by facing the same time he spent. A lie is just as bad as the deed either way your branded for life as a liar.

  • Chargertom

    All i know is what i read.If the guys inosent cool! But the only said he was convicted of kidnapping and rape.Now i know the truth.Thanks guys for setting me strait!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    I cant believe that there is no penalty for the people that got him put in jail… he loses 5 years of his life and they get NOTHING!! something has to be wrong there. “SORRY” does not seem like it is enough

  • MikeTuck

    As money becomes libel for civil suits these young women are seeing ways to make money of stars. She should serve every year he did. She is saddley hurting the real women of violence. They have to start punishing those lying about sex crimes. Your labeled for life guilty or not.