Dallas high school star basketball player was a 25-year-old impostor

Lawrence Kim
May 17, 2018

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. As reported by Dana Branham, Claire Ballor and Julieta Chiquillo, the 25-year-old began the 2017-18 school year at Skyline High School "claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee" named Rashun Richardson, then transferred to Hillcrest in October to join the basketball team.

A 25-year-old man from Dallas, Texas led a double life as a teenager enrolled in high school in order to play on the basketball team.

Sidney claimed to be from Houston and he was displaced because of Hurricane Harvey. Federal law exempts people who claim to be homeless or an evacuee due to a natural disaster from requiring documents they might not have. A few months after attending Skyline, he chose to try his luck at Hillcrest High School.

A district spokesperson said Gilstrap-Portley may have provided as little as just immunization records and proof of a physical.

It wasn't until one of his former coaches, from North Mesquite, spotted him at a tournament in April, that his plan was foiled.

He reportedly scored 17 points in Hillcrest's first-round playoff loss this spring. Portley was arrested Friday and is facing a charge of tampering with government records.

The safety of our students at Hillcrest High School is our top priority. "He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students". He says the district will work to prevent a similar situation in the future.

We believe it is absolutely essential that every young person, especially in times of great difficulty, feels safe and secure, and that was the guiding principal when we were welcoming students displaced by the hurricane.

Thank you for your continued support of Hillcrest High School.

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