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Brian Banks tries out for Chiefs before Seahawks minicamp

June 13, 2012 |  8:55 am


Brian Banks, the former Long Beach Polytechnic High School football standout whose rape conviction was overturned last month, has tried out for a second NFL team.

Banks was in Kansas City on Tuesday for a private workout with the Chiefs but did not attend a minicamp practice, according to an item on the team's website. Head coach Romeo Crennel has yet to comment on the 26-year-old's performance.

Banks has drawn national attention in recent weeks after a Los Angeles judge overturned his conviction, ending a decade of turmoil that began in 2002 when a classmate accused Banks of rape.

At the time, the 17-year-old middle linebacker was drawing attention from USC, UCLA and other schools, he said, even though he had just completed his junior year of high school.

He pleaded no contest to charges of kidnapping and rape, spent five years in prison and another five on parole.

Banks met with his accuser last year after the woman reached out to him on Facebook. She admitted she had lied about the alleged rape in a conversation that was taped by Banks and a private investigator, setting the wheels in motion for the exoneration.

As news of Banks' overturned conviction drew national headlines, he received tryout offers from several NFL teams. He worked out with the Seattle Seahawks last week, and will attend the team's minicamp Wednesday.

"He deserved a chance," Seahawks coach Carroll told reporters after Thursday's workout. "This is a guy who deserved it."


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Photo: Brian Banks speaks during a news conference at the Seattle Seahawks' training facility in Renton, Wash. Credit: John Lok / Associated Press