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25-year-old Passes as High Schooler to Relive Basketball Glory Days

25-year-old Passes as High Schooler to Relive Basketball Glory Days

According to dallasnews.com, a 25-year-old man was arrested and faces a charge of tampering with government records after using them to enroll in high school and play basketball.

Sidney Gilstrap Portley was enrolled in two Dallas high schools for nearly nine months, claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee.

As a student, Gilstrap-Portley dated a 14-year old girl.

The district has notified the University Interscholastic League about Gilstrap-Portley's play on the Panthers basketball team at Hillcrest.

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His true identity was discovered when his ex-basketball coach at another area high school spotted him playing a high school tournament and recognized him from many years earlier.

"He was a good player, but didn't stick out as being completely head and shoulders above everyone else", Hillcrest principal Chris Bayer said. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said her daughter didn't have a sexual relationship with Gilstrap-Portley. The Dallas Hillcrest guard emerged as the team's best player as a 17-year old freshman, earning the district's offensive player of the year award. Months later, he moved to Hillcrest High School and joined the basketball team, Dallas ISD officials said.




DISD said he enrolled at Skyline High School about August 30, 2017 as a Hurricane Harvey evacuee and an unaccompanied homeless student.

"He was fairly savvy to be able to utilise that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students".

Gilstrap-Portley once played college hoops at Dallas Christian College.

"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. The coach then got in touch with his counterpart at Hillcrest to inform him that "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you", according to Harris.

"I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time", she said.

The district plans to look into and tighten up their policies when it comes to homeless or hurricane victim students.

So, they let him attend Skyline High School, then transferred him to Hillcrest High School.


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