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


A 25-year-old Texas man was arrested last week for posing as a high school student and playing on the boys' basketball team, police said - and he may have had an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley told officials at Skyline High School that he was homeless, displaced by Hurricane Harvey before he enrolled for classes.

In those situations, Dallas school superintendent Michael Hinojosa says the district may wave ID requirements.

Gilstrap-Portley took advantage of Hurricane Harvey to enroll at the Skyline High School in Dallas.

The Morning-News notes that officials "believe his primary motivation was to play basketball".

The high school's principal, Chris Bayer, says Gilstrap-Portley was a member of the school's basketball team.

His bogus persona was finally revealed after Phillip Randal, one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School, had recognized him during a tournament he was involved in.

Additionally, the mother of a Hillcrest High freshman said that her 14-year-old daughter started dating Gilstrap-Portley in January.

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The mother, who didn't want to share her name or show her face on FOX 4, said the man they all thought was a teen made a play for her daughter.

"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", she said. "I don't know what, how [the school] let this slip through the cracks".

"As a parent, I try to talk to her right now being more concerned and aware of the situation because he's not just a kid her age".

Dallas ISD Police are looking into allegations that Gilstrap-Portley may have had a romantic relationship with a student.

"He was an average player and a good kid", Randall told NBC DFW. Following Gilstrap-Portley's arrest, the authorities discovered that the man graduated in 2011.

She added: 'I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time. "I never had any problems out of him. It's hard to try to even fathom that it even happened", said Chris Bayer, principal. People need to know. The hurricane's devastation last August included much of the Houston area, and Gilstrap-Portley claimed to have been displaced by it, along with some relatives.

School officials, meanwhile, notified parents of the weird incident in a letter Monday and vowed to review the district's policies, KXAS reports.