DALLAS — The brand new guard taking part in for the Hillcrest Excessive Faculty basketball group in Dallas turned a whole lot of heads this previous season.
Rashun Richardson would generally drop 30 factors or extra in a recreation. He led his basketball group to the playoffs this winter, and earned the district offensive participant of the 12 months award.
There was only one downside. Authorities say the supposedly 17-year-old was really 25-year-old Sidney Gilstrap-Portley, in search of a second style of athletic glory.
“He fooled us. He did,” mentioned Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest Excessive. “It is painful to even say that as a result of it hurts in each methods.”
Bayer mentioned the News felt like a slap within the face, as a result of college students accepted him and workers tried to assist him after listening to a horrible story.
Gilstrap-Portley allegedly informed officers he was a refugee of Hurricane Harvey and homeless. Dallas college superintendent Michael Hinojosa says in these conditions, the district quickly waives ID necessities.
However after 9 months within the Dallas college system, one among Gilstrap-Portley’s former coaches tipped off authorities.
“This was a thirst that he had and he put the whole lot in danger for himself and for us to dwell this charade,” mentioned Hinojosa.
Final month, Gilstrap-Portley was arrested and charged with tampering with authorities information. However investigators are additionally wanting into experiences that he had a 14-year-old girlfriend. He’s now out on bond, and if he had not been caught, he would have been practically 30 when he graduated for the second time.