HOOPS HOAX: Man, 25, allegedly posed as teen to play basketball

Posted May 17, 2018

When Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley made a decision to have his own fast times at Hillcrest High School in Dallas, he got no such permission from the administration, and simply claimed to be a 17-year-old Hurricane Harvey refugee in order to join the basketball team.

NBC reported Texas federal law exempts people who claim to be homeless or an evacuee from natural disasters from requiring personal identification documents to enroll.

To fans of Hillcrest High's varsity basketball team, its new star player must have seemed like a gift from above.

The Morning-News notes that officials "believe his primary motivation was to play basketball".

In reality, Gilstrap-Portley graduated from suburban North Mesquite High School in 2011, an unidentified source told WFAA.

While the girl's mother asserts that Gilstrap-Portley did not have a sexual relationship with her daughter, he did allegedly "date" her in January. As it was, Rashun Sidney Richardson had traveled an unusual path, to say the least, to become the Panthers' leading scorer, considering that he transferred there in October as a 17-year-old freshman who was a Hurricane Harvey refugee.

"He was like, 'Oh I came from Houston from the hurricane and now we're living in some apartments with my sister and my nephew, '" Morel said. "I don't know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks".

The report noted Gilstrap-Portley bonded out of Dallas County Jail after his Friday arrest.

"This was a thirst that he had and he put everything at risk for himself and for us to live this charade", said Hinojosa.

"He was a good player, but didn't stick out as being completely head and shoulders above everyone else", Hillcrest principal Chris Bayer said.

Gilstrap-Portley once played college hoops at Dallas Christian College. "He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students".

An attorney wasn't listed for Gilstrap-Portley in online records as of Wednesday.

This mother said her daughter told her that the two had kissed and he had touched her "inappropriately". "This is a unique situation that shows us areas that need improving when we open our doors to students in times of need".

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