High School Recruitment Hoax

Last 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 on Thu Feb 07, 2008


And that, dear children, is what sports can do to you *shakes head*
Posted by Jerry S  on  Thu Feb 07, 2008  at  09:58 AM
Yeah, this is just sad.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Odessa, Texas  on  Thu Feb 07, 2008  at  06:00 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  08:34 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  03:12 AM
CMG, politics or reporter - what's the difference?
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Fri Feb 08, 2008  at  01:07 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 story
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Feb 08, 2008  at  02:07 PM
Sounds like one of the horographs I used to write Hairy wink
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Thu Feb 14, 2008  at  11:58 AM
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  09:57 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  09:16 AM
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