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

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

The Dallas Morning News reports Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested Friday after authorities say he pretended to be 17-year-old "Rashun Richardson" and enrolled at two high schools-first Skyline in August, then Hillcrest in October, where he joined that school's basketball team and was voted District 11-5A's offensive player of the year.

After Gilstrap-Portley was exposed, a school board spokesperson said it will be reviewing its homeless student policies.

Gilstrap-Portley, who apparently had a moderately successful stint as a guard for Dallas Christian College's basketball team from 2013-2014, got his wish when he landed a starting role on Hillcrest's team.

DISD told WFAA that when a student enrolls and claims they are homeless or an evacuee due to a natural disaster, federal law exempts them from requiring documents they might not have.

The faux high school star faces a charge of tampering with government records, per the News. Because of that, he didn't have to show proof of any records.

Portley was a star for Hillcrest's team for the 2017-18 season.

We recently became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim.

According to the district, 17-year-old Rashaun Robinson is really 25-year-old Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, who graduated from North Mesquite in 2011 - "when I was 7", my son said Tuesday night over dinner, when he was still insisting it wasn't that weird.

A 25-year-old man lived a double life as a teenager for nine months - just so he could play high-school basketball again. After learning about this situation, we immediately notified district and local authorities and necessary actions have been taken.