Dallas high school basketball star was actually 25-year-old man

Heather Diaz
May 17, 2018

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested last Friday after enrolling in two Dallas high schools, and causing a sensation with his basketball skills, with sports coaches handing him an award for offensive player of the year.

That story says Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee and enrolled in August at Skyline High School, using the name Rashun Richardson.

While attending the school, Gilstrap-Portley also reportedly dated a 14-year-old student, the Dallas Morning News noted.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Portley started at Skyline High School, then later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team.

After Gilstrap-Portley was exposed, a school board spokesperson said it will be reviewing its homeless student policies. "That's why I was shocked when I heard that all this came out, because that's not the kid that I knew".

"Even after reading some of their text messages he would say, 'Like, you know, I know all these girls are saying things to you - but I'm choosing you, '" the mom said.

"We apologize for this situation, there is no excuse for it, we do think it is a very rare anomaly, and we do want you to tell your students if you see something, say something, is there is something we need to know, if something looks inappropriate, doesn't look nice, tell an adult and we will look into it", said Hinojosa.

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"This school year our district welcomed evacuees displaced by Hurricane Harvey".

He was arrested and charged with felony tampering with government documents for filing false enrollment records.

"He fooled us. He did", said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High. He was respectful to her, but she didn't approve of her daughter's relationship with him because he was too old for the girl-at the time, they believed he was only 17. But the woman said her daughter told her she did not have a sexual relationship with Gilstrap-Portley, whom she never met but had spoken to on the phone.

However, Gilstrap-Portley was caught when 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.

I don't understand the desire to go back to high school, myself.

Gilstrap-Portley has since been released from jail after posting bond.

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