ODESSA, Texas – A lot of guys dream about going back to high school and recapturing their athletic glory days. A man who went by the name of Jerry Joseph did it, police say, and now he’s in big trouble.

Authorities say the boyish-looking 22-year-old posed as a 16-year-old sophomore phenom to lead the Permian High School basketball team to the state playoffs. He was jailed on fraud charges, and the rabidly competitive West Texas high school that inspired the movie “Friday Night Lights” may have to forfeit its season.

“Everyone just thought he was a big guy,” said Permian senior football player Steven Pipes. “He played the part good, skipping down the hallways acting goofy like a 16-year-old.” Joseph was a starter and played center and forward. But suspicions about the player’s identity first arose when three Florida basketball coaches familiar with a former player named Guerdwich Montimere recognized him last month at an amateur tournament in Little Rock, Ark. Montimere, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti, graduated from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 2007.

School officials and immigration authorities initially believed Joseph when he denied the allegations and let him remain enrolled. But school police and immigration agents confirmed Montimere’s identity Tuesday. When confronted, he confessed, said school district spokesman Mike Adkins.

I’m assuming schools don’t check birth certificates for enrollment anymore?

  1. wisd0m says:

    don’t start the birth certificate talk again…

  2. Red says:

    Silly Texans, high schools for kids.

  3. Your Mother says:

    Benjamin is turned on.

  4. Benjamin says:

    “I’m assuming schools don’t check birth certificates for enrollment anymore?”

    Neither does the White House.

    Just kidding. I’m not a birther, but I want to see bobbo’s head explode.

  5. chuck says:

    It’s probably illegal for schools to ask for birth certificates or any form of identification. They wouldn’t want to offend the illegal immigrants.

  6. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Here is a hand grenade into the conversation: Would you rather public schools allow everyone of the eligible age (including illegals) or have a large population of uneducated children and teenagers with nothing to do during the day with no supervision. The second alternative would have a huge impact on crime and therefore on budgets for law enforcement, security, and incarceration. In my opinion, the first alternative has a much, much smaller impact on local and state budgets.

  7. Benjamin says:

    #6 or rather just fine employers that hire illegals. Then illegals would either have to go home or become legal.

  8. Jackie Gleason as Sherrif Buford T. Justice of Portague County says:

    #6 Cap’nKangaroo

    The Goddamn Germans have nothing to do with it.

  9. diane says:

    it’s never too late to have a happy childhood…

  10. geeweez says:

    Dumb Texas will probably execute him or something if Bush were in charge. It is not as though the guy got paid for playing high school basketball (though in Texas who knows). I am guessing he had to go to school as well and do schoolwork. Seems like the guy just has some emotional problems.

  11. deowll says:

    I’m sure the law would require insurance to play, ID of some sort with a parent/guardian to attend because of custody issues, etc.

    I’m also sure he produced fakes.

  12. wetback says:

    #5, its not illegal for schools to ask for birth certificates, as is not illegal for kids to go to school even thought they don’t have a ssn.

  13. nether regions says:

    I wonder if he had an underage girlfriend in that school he was nailin…

  14. fulanoche says:

    I know several women who shave more than six years off their real age.

  15. "East Coast" attitude says:

    And what’s the harm? Who did he hurt? Sue him for school costs and be done with it. Incarcerating him does no one any good!!

    First, Tx is stupid for enrolling him. 2nd, Tx is stupid for incarcerating him! Shouldn’t the school admin be fired?

  16. Rick Cain says:

    Now he’s in trouble for having sex with a 15 year old girl in the school.

    So what’s the harm? Who did he hurt?

    Well for starters, statutory rape. Send him to jail or send his ass back to Haiti.

  17. Tim says:

    The story you posted doesn’t say this, but you can find it elsewhere. He did present a birth certificate and claimed both his parents were dead. It was a Haitian birth record stating he was born in 1994. They were required by law to enroll him. Doesn’t say if the law was state or federal.


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