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60 MINUTES [UPDATED]
Air Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Time Slot: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: "N/A"
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BRIAN BANKS, EXONERATED OF A RAPE CHARGE THAT MIGHT COST HIM A PRO FOOTBALL CAREER, REFUSES TO HOLD A GRUDGE AGAINST HIS ACCUSER - "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY

Brian Banks may yet play in the NFL. But he knows it's a long shot after spending five years in prison for a rape charge he was exonerated of. Banks is now set on getting tryouts with pro football teams and has put the tragedy of his jail time behind him, even refusing to want punishment for the woman who falsely accused him. James Brown reports on a once promising high-school football prospect blindsided by injustice in a 60 MINUTES story to be broadcast Sunday, March 24 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Ten years ago, a high school make-out session turned into a nightmare for the football standout at Polytech High School in Long Beach, Calif. The girl Banks was with, Wanetta Gibson, accused him of rape. Persuaded by questionable legal advice, he pleaded guilty to a crime he denied doing in a deal that avoided the possibility of a decades-long sentence. When he got out after nearly five years, he went on Facebook one day and had a shock: His accuser wanted to be "friends."

"I immediately just... froze and I didn't accept the request," he tells Brown. Instead, he began communicating with her and eventually, with the help of a private investigator and a hidden camera, recorded the woman admitting she had not been raped nor kidnapped by Banks. His case was dismissed soon after the tape was brought to the authorities.

It was a moment Banks' mother, Leomia Myers, had been waiting 10 years for. She had sold her house and car to raise money for her son's defense. "I wanted to scream and shout for joy. I just slouched in my chair and cried. I was just so happy, so happy. That he was free, because he wasn't free before," she tells Brown, referring to the monitoring bracelet he had been required to wear as part of his parole agreement. "You're not free when you have an ankle bracelet on your ankle. It was like your shackle." Watch an excerpt.

Back in high school, Banks says he had a verbal agreement with USC Coach Pete Carroll to attend the school and play football for them. After getting out of Chino State Prison, he was in his mid-twenties and hadn't played football in years. The long road back led to a job with a semi-pro football team in Las Vegas, but the team went out of business. An earlier tryout with the Seattle Seahawks, where Carroll now coaches, only underscored his shortcomings.

Asked by Brown whether he has desires to see his false accuser, who won a $1.5 million settlement against the school, punished, he replies, "No, None whatsoever. My main focus has just been on me."

Banks is undaunted. He continues to work to reclaim the skills he lost and he is in contact with several NFL teams in an attempt to try out again for a spot on a pro roster. Regardless of what happens now, he is a free man once again and that's what's important. "If [making the pros] doesn't happen, it doesn't define me. If it does happen, it doesn't define me," he tells Brown.

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60 MINUTES (CBS)
Returns Sunday, September 21
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/24/68 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
47 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 47th) on 3/13/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2014) CBS, America's most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming. The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS's weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs. Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television's #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports program.
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· newsmagazine
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· CBS News