As a promising high school football player in Southern California, Banks was accused by a female student of kidnapping and rape. On the advice of his lawyers, he pled no contest and spent five years in prison. After his release, his accuser’s account of events was proven false and Banks was exonerated. He went on to pursue his dream to be a professional football player, attended several NFL mini-camps and played in one pre-season game. He presently works for the NFL’s head office.
Besides speaking to Greenwood students, Banks will also tell his story later that day to the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club.
We encourage you to watch the 60 Minutes clip with your children and to discuss it with them. Taking part in this unique and compelling experience – and examining it in the context of wider issues in our society – allows our students to better understand the importance of character, responsibility, advocacy and our commitment to justice.