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High School Recruitment Hoax
Status: Sports hoaxLast week high-school football player Kevin Hart announced at an assembly at his school, Fernley High, that he had been recruited to play at UC Berkeley, a Pac-10 school. It was exciting news for his school and was publicized by the local media. But then Hart's story began to unravel.
It became apparent that Hart hadn't been recruited by anyone at UC Berkeley. Hart initially explained that the recruitment had been conducted by a middleman named Kevin Riley, implying that the middleman must have conned him.
But yesterday Hart admitted that he had, in fact, made the entire thing up. In a statement he said, "I wanted to play D-1 ball more than anything. When I realized that wasn't going to happen, I made up what I wanted to be reality. I am sorry for disappointing and embarrassing my family, coaches, Fernley High school, the involved universities and reporters covering the story."
Kind of sad in a way. Links here and here.
Posted by Alex on Thu Feb 07, 2008
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And that, dear children, is what sports can do to you *shakes head*Posted by Jerry S on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 11:58 AM
Yeah, this is just sad.Posted by Big Gary in Odessa, Texas on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 08:00 PM
Well, he can only qualify to be a NY Times reporter now. What a comedown.Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 10:34 PM
Oh, I don't know. I'd say there's a place in politics waiting for him.Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 05:12 AM
CMG, politics or reporter - what's the difference?Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 03:07 PM
This reminds me of the time my cell phone rang while I was delivering my Nobel Prize acceptance speech. It was the late Sir Edmund Hilary, notifying me that I had been offered the position of King of Sweden, and he wanted to attend the after-party. Sorry, Ed, I told him, you'll have to contact my secretary, Angelina Jolie. True storyPosted by Hairy Houdini on Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 04:07 PM
Sounds like one of the horographs I used to write HairyPosted by Sharruma in capable of finishing a coherent on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 01:58 PM
This is how you get known and get public exposure. There is a lot of opportunities that await him.Posted by School on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 11:57 PM
Hehehe, well what should you say, that recruitment... He should have understand that he would get busted!Posted by Recman in Nebraska on Fri May 09, 2008 at 11:16 AM