Texas man, 25, poses as Harvey evacuee, stars for HS hoops team

Leslie Hanson
May 16, 2018

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, who went under the alias Rashun Richardson, was named the District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year during the 2017-18 season, but today, he's in jail on a charge of tampering with government records, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Gilstrap-Portley, who apparently had a moderately successful stint as a guard for Dallas Christian College's basketball team from 2013-2014, got his wish when he landed a starting role on Hillcrest's team. He originally attempted to do so at Skyline High School, but because he did not have a physical, he could not play at the school.

On top of the awards that he received, he started getting some attention from some local accounts that follow high school basketball.

An attorney wasn't listed for Gilstrap-Portley in online records as of Wednesday. However, this isn't the first time we've seen people in their 20s successfully pose as high schoolers to play sports. Still, the thought of a 25-year old "dating" anyone while posing as a high schooler is terrifying.

The mother of a 14-year-old female student told the paper he dated her daughter while at Hillcrest High. "It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", the woman said.


The woman also said that while she did not approve of her 14-year-old daughter dating Gilstrap-Portley who pretended to be 17 years old.

Sidney Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at Hillcrest High as a freshman under a fake name and quickly joined the basketball team. The girl told her parents that he kissed and touched her, but she said she didn't have a sexual relationship with him.

Gilstrap-Portley's ruse was finally uncovered when one of his former coaches saw him playing and notified officials stating "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you".

"He was a good kid", North Mesquite's coach, Phillip Randall, told the newspaper.

Gilstrap-Portley has since been released from jail after posting bond. He is now out on bond.

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