Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

According to dallasnews.com, a 25-year-old man was arrested and faces a charge of tampering with government records after using them to enroll in high school and play basketball.

Because of the damage to public records by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, some schools still do not have access to student and vital statistics information.

The reasons for his enrollment in Dallas ISD, and for the transfer, weren't immediately clear.

Gilstrap-Portley, it appears, took advantage of loopholes meant as (federally mandated) acts of compassion for the rootless and the homeless and enrolled at Skyline, then Hillcrest, and pretended to be a teenager again.

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

The safety of our students at Hillcrest High School is our top priority.

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Gilstrap-Portley, who officials say was operating under the alias Rashun Richardson, was named the District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year during the 2017-18 season.

"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", she said.

As a student, Gilstrap-Portley dated a 14-year old girl. "That's why I was shocked when I heard that all this came out because that's not the kid that I knew".

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".

The mother says that her daughter insists that the two did not have a sexual relationship. Randal admits that "he was a good kid".

The report noted Gilstrap-Portley bonded out of Dallas County Jail after his Friday arrest. He is now out on bond.

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