publication date: Friday, August 2, 2019 (part of Summer 2019)
clue: His career as a bird of flight eventually took off, after a secret recording of the woman who locked him in his proverbial birdcage.
explanation: Banks eventually joined the Atlanta Falcons after serving five years in prison for a rape that he did not commit. His secret recording of the accuser admitting that she made it up led to his exoneration. more…
intended difficulty: hard
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, and Erik Bates