A 25-year-old man who officials say posed as a 17-year-old so he could once again take to the basketball court as a high school athlete attended Dallas high schools for nearly nine months before his arrest last week.
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley began the school year at Skyline High School, where he enrolled claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee. Months later, he moved to Hillcrest High School and joined the basketball team, Dallas ISD officials said. As a student there, Gilstrap-Portley dated a 14-year-old classmate, the girl’s mother said.
Gilstrap-Portley, who was arrested Friday night, faces a charge of tampering with government records. He was booked into the Dallas County Jail last week and has since bonded out, according to court records.
He has no previous criminal history.
Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at Skyline as Rashun Richardson at a time when the district had opened its doors to hurricane evacuees, said Dallas ISD spokeswoman Robyn Harris.
"He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools," she said. "He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students."
In October, Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at Hillcrest High as a freshman, Harris said. She said that Dallas ISD officials believe his primary motivation was to play basketball, though he told them he was homeless and had come to Dallas unaccompanied because of Hurricane Harvey.
Gilstrap-Portley, who appears to have had a collegiate basketball career at Dallas Christian College, was a star for Hillcrest's team for the 2017-18 season. High school coaches voted him the District 11-5A offensive player of the year. The Hillcrest Panthers finished the season with an 11-10 record.
Dallas ISD officials said Gilstrap-Portley's charade came to an end after one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School saw him playing at a tournament in April and recognized him as one of his players who graduated from high school seven years ago.
The Mesquite coach alerted the Hillcrest basketball coach that "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you," according to Harris.
This story is crazy long and I figured if I wanted people stick along I had to cut it.
Let's get one thing straight. This dude Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley is a shitty guy. Shitty guy with an all time name. With a name like Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley I expect him to be discovering a new country in the 1600's not finger fucking 14 year olds and playing high school basketball. Oh yeah you don't know that part yet unless you already ready the whole article via the link provided. In the part of the article that I didn't include it happens to mention how he also had a high school aged girlfriend. 14. That's really bad. Aggressively young. Even when you're 17. Makes this story a lot less fun to talk about.
But I'm just focusing on the basketball side of things. He's also a scumbag for that. Using a natural disaster as means to relive high school basketball is just a little too deceitful. Pretending to be a victim to me is more fucked up than some way more serious crimes. It's a really scummy way to take advantage of people trying to do the right thing and get displaced kids back on their feet into some sense of normalcy. The whole using a hurricane that destroyed a city to your gain is something that does not sit well with me (like dairy, I'm 100% sure I'm lactose-intolerant, but just power through) . In short, fuck this guy.
I also think we need to hold the school accountable just a little the fact this dude just got away with for 9 months and probably still would be falling asleep in geometry if some random ass old coach of his didn't recognize him. I get it there's a lot going on but many put in 3 ounces of research.
That being said. I'm so jealous of this guy. He pulled it off. The dude did it. There are few things I want more than one more high school football game. Just one more game. I wish I could redo my senior year just because of how disappointing it was, but that's life and it's been a learning tool. I'm a loser I know, but it's just something I'll never be able to replicate again. I know people will be like "you're a loser for saying that", "only people who peaked in high school would say that". But hear me out do you know how much fun it would be go back and play high school sports in your mid 20's? I do not want to do high school all over again, but there were so many great parts of it that were so much fun and if you hate on that that's on you.
I've had countless dreams that I somehow through a loophole was allowed to play HS football for two more years. I feel like I'm being really simplistic in this take here but that would be a fucking blast. To get to just dominate kids younger and not as talented as you. Granted that wouldn't be the case for me but this dude won the offensive player of the year in his league so he obviously is pretty good. But I think the question is if you could get away with pretending to be in high school for a year to play competitive sports at that level again would you? It's tough because I think it'd be a blast to play again, but it'd be so weird pretending to be in high school at that age. Basically be Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street. I'm sure a ton of people wouldn't I don't think I could tell with the being a high school student and living that lifestyle again part, so that is also another weird wrinkle to this story, but honestly as a competitor and someone who despite being subpar at best at shitty D-3 Rhode Island hs sports I gotta tip my cap to this guy for finding a way to live a lot of people's dream and get back in the game.