Q&A on the News

Q: Brian Banks played for the Falcons in training camp in 2013 after spending time in jail. He didn’t make the team, but the Falcons pledged they would find a place for him in their organization. How did the Falcons utilize him?

—Stanford Arden, Decatur

A: Banks, who was released by the Falcons in August 2013, never worked for the team, but the NFL recently hired him as a manager in its football operations department and to help in the officiating department on game days, Yahoo Sports reported last month.

Banks also is a public speaker and has assisted the California Innocence Project, which helped him clear his name after Wanetta Gibson recanted on her statement that Banks had raped her when he was 17. Banks, who was a highly recruited high school linebacker, served five years in prison and spent five years on parole. A movie about Banks’ life – “The Brian Banks Story” – will be produced by Amy Baer and directed by Lee Daniels, who also directed “Precious” and “The Butler.”

Q: Is Michelle Nunn receiving her salary from Points of Light while she runs for the U.S. Senate?

—Bob Perfetti, Johns Creek

A: Nunn took a leave of absence from her position as CEO of Points of Light and isn’t receiving her salary or benefits during her Senate campaign. Nunn’s salary was $270,770 in 2012, her last full year at Points of Light. She made $214,231 in 2013 – her leave began in August of last year — and $322,056 in total compensation in 2011, according to tax forms. Nunn, the Democratic nominee, is running against David Perdue.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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