The Price and Time Limit of Conscience: $1.5 Million and 10 years

Former California high school football star, Brian Banks, has been cleared of a rape and kidnapping conviction that derailed his life more than 10 years ago. Picture via NBC Today Show webpage. May 25, 2012

Former California high school football star, Brian Banks, has been cleared of a rape and kidnapping conviction that derailed his life more than 10 years ago. Picture via NBC Today Show webpage. May 25, 2012

UPDATE: 9/21/12

Banks has taken a significant step forward on his road to the NFL by signing with the Las Vegas Locos of the United Football League.

GOOD FOR HIM!!!!

In the news  here today, May 25, 2012, is the story of a former football star, Brian Banks, 26, with a promising NFL career. He was accused of raping a girl on school property, told to accept a plea bargain by his lawyer, and he did 10 years in prison.
Banks was let out on parole, considered to be a convicted sex offender and had to wear an ankle monitor at all times.
Not long after being released on parole he was contacted on Facebook by his accuser, Juaneta Gibson. They arranged to meet. Banks hired a private eye to tape their conversation. In that meeting Gibson admitted that she made up the whole story! Banks never raped her, they never even had sex.
Gibson’s motive to lie for 10 years? The school gave her family 1.5 million dollars because of the alleged rape. Her family needed the money she said. Her Facebook contact message to the man she accused of rape, “Let bygones be bygones.”
Banks’ name is now cleared but I wonder will she pay back the money and give up 10 years of her life. Some people are just plain evil.

Now what kind of an ego-maniac was she to think that after stealing ten years of his life, muddying his good name and stealing $1.5 mil from tax payers that she was going to make things right by stating “Let bygones be bygones,” on a Facebook message?

Here is the Today show interview by Ann Curry with Brian Banks.

Curry asked, “You know, one of the things that you went through is you heard, as we heard in this last report from Juaneta Gibson, she finally admitted that the story that she told up to now has been that that basically you had not even had sex together, that she told you that she wouldn’t go to authorities, however, because that her family had been awarded $1.5 million. She admitted that she made the story up. What do you think should happen to her? Should she face prosecution, do you think?”

Banks responded, “You know, I haven’t given it much thought. I do believe that everyone should be responsible for their actions. If that action warrants some type of consequence, then I feel that, you know, it’s justified. but as far as what should happen to her, I really haven’t given it much thought at all.”

Curry is surprised by his respnse and asks, “You haven’t!” Curry then continues on to say, “It’s surprising to hear you say that. some might want, or they may want revenge.”

Banks, showing what a truly articulate and reasonable human being he is stated,

“No, you know. you — it’s easy to have those feelings initially when you first hear the story. I’ve been dealing with this now for ten years, and I’ve had my moments where i was very angry, and very vengeful. But I know it was best for me to try and move forward in a positive manner, and for the betterment of me. It hurts no one but myself to hang onto that type of negative energy. And it will only keep me in a stagnant position. And I always want to better myself as a person, regardless of the situation that I’m in.”

Read this story with additional twitter comments and Facebook comments on Storify.com here.

 

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