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The Dbacks are willing to give a job to Brian Banks

May 31, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

Brian Banks, Leomia Myers, Jonathan Banks

Brian Banks was a football player. He may be again if things break just right. But there’s also a chance his athletic career ended before it could even begin because he spent several years in prison serving time on a rape charge he didn’t commit.

If the multiple invitations for tryouts with NFL teams he has received don’t pan out, however, he could have himself a job with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall is willing to wait for Brian Banks. Hall, in fact, hopes he has to. He would prefer not to hire Banks just yet. That is for an NFL team to do. But if circumstances present themselves in the future, count the D-backs among those who would welcome him with open arms.

Banks, a former star high school football player with NFL potential, last week was exonerated after losing 10 years of his life for a crime he did not commit. Hall was so taken by Banks’ composure and professionalism during a television interview afterward that he obtained Banks’ email address and fired off a job offer. If the time comes, they’ll find a fit.

“I just thought, ‘This guy needs a fresh start,’” Hall said.

There’s no way to replace the ten years of his life that were taken from him, but it looks now at least that Banks will be able to land on his feet even if the NFL doesn’t work out for him.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    What would he do for the D’backs?

    • ptfu - May 31, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      What would Brian Banks do for the D’backs? Something. Anything. Doesn’t matter. Whether he’s a vice president, some kind of life coach, or even just opening the mail, what matters is that he’s got a steady job waiting. That can’t be easy for any ex-con (justified or not) to get. Heck, lots of never-imprisoned folks can’t get jobs these days. Not all employers/hiring managers will have Derrick Hall’s insight and empathy; many will focus on “imprisonment” and ignore “unjustified.”

      Whatever Banks’ talents are, including composure and professionalism, Hall is committing to find a way to use them. Banks can get some experience and build a steady employment history. This will help him to pursue whatever career he wants, if that can’t be found inside the organization. Credit to the D’backs for giving a chance to an apparently good man.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        I agree, man. I was just wondering what he’d do. I love that they’d hire him. Geez.

  2. losercubfan98 - May 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    This guy deserves nothing but the best. He had his life taken away from him and hopefully he gets a gig with an NFL team. Good luck

  3. dowhatifeellike - May 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    What’s the payout for being falsely convicted and incarcerated during your prime earning years? Dude deserves a couple mil, right?

    • kopy - May 31, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      Usually it’s a state law. I remember a story in Texas about a guy who was released after a false conviction. He got something like $1-2 million per year in prison. It may seem like a lot, and there are probably a lot of folks that will willingly take that, but freedom should be priceless.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        Yeah if you told me I could pay a million dollars to not go to jail for a year (and I had it) I’d pay it.

        That said the reason this dude got out is because the woman who claimed he raped her consciously lied about it. According to the PFT story on it she told him that she knew he was innocent, but was worried about having to give back the multi million dollar settlement she got. As such I hope a comet slams into ehr home.

    • stac266 - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      • hasbeen5 - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        I haven’t followed this much, but just read this link. Why would they not pursue charges against this bitch? Did she not testify under oath?

  4. vanmorrissey - May 31, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Hall is one of the brightest and a rising young exec in MLB. Good for him for the offer and let’s hope Banks has to delay on accepting that, at least a little while.

  5. newpairofsox - May 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    +1 for the Dbacks. Wonderful gesture.

  6. mianfr - May 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    All in all, there’s really not much of a reason to get paid more than, say, 120% of your salary (with growth) for your time in prison.

    You simply can’t have a justice system without these unfortunate things happening every so often. Hopefully they’re even rarer than they seem.

    Someone like Banks would be an interesting predicament, though. I think it would be fair to extrapolate a second round draft pick’s salary for his base, for starters.

    Of course because he’s such a nice guy he’s only asking for $100 per day, but still.

    • Reflex - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:23 AM

      My freedom is worth far more than a 20% premium.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      How much is 5 years worth of time with your family worth?

      • mianfr - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

        Eh, it’s easy to get caught up in overly generic statements of the “Yeah, go ‘MERICA!” variety, but in the long run it’s like you took a job overseas for a bit.

        And your freedom is worth more than a 20% premium, but having the right to take away other people’s freedoms as punishment for their crimes greatly diminishes that.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        Yeah except you’re bring forced to go, never sure if you’re going to be able to come home. Being at your job 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Being outside for 1 hour a day, not getting to pick what you eat there or when you go to sleep or when you get up. Being labeled a rapist by everyone for that time.

        Other than all that though it’s exactly like taking a job overseas.

  7. db105 - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    Meanwhile the girl that falsely accused him made off like a champ.

  8. mvd513 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Saying one’s freedom is worth a percentage of their income is bullshit. My freedom is not worth less than a large corporation’s CEO, or a movie star, or professional athlete, and is worth far more to me than roughly $5,000, not that I could ever afford it in the first place. Regardless, Brian Banks has far more patience and forgiveness than I do. Cuz I’d probably hunt her down and no one would ever find the body.

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