May 4, 2013; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks (53) runs through a drill at Falcons Rookie Camp at the Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Banks' Accuser Ordered To Pay $2.6 Million In Damages

The woman who falsely accused Brian Banks, a former USC commit, of rape has been ordered by LA Superior Court to pay $2.6 million in damages to the Long Beach Unified School District, according to

Wanetta Gibson accused Banks of rape in 2002, costing him a full-ride athletic scholarship to USC and five years of his life, as he was found guilty and sentenced to prison. At the time, Gibson also sued the school district for fostering an unsafe environment and won $750,000 in the dispute.

10 years later in 2012, Gibson admitted to lying and Banks was exonerated.

The courts have since ordered Gibson to pay back that $750,000 as well as more than $1 million in punitive damages.

Though Banks lost out on his college experience, he has been actively pursuing an NFL career since getting his freedom. Over the past year, his inspirational story attracted the attention of many an NFL team; he first landed a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks and who would have been his former coach, Pete Carroll. His hard work ultimately paid off: in April, Banks signed with the Atlanta Falcons and will compete for a job as an inside linebacker.

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