Friday Night Lies: 22-year-old high school star busted

By: 05.13.10  •  16 Comments

Months after he was named district Newcomer of the Year and led Permian High School (Odessa, Texas) to the playoffs, 16-year-old basketball player Jerry Joseph was unveiled as 22-year-old Guerdwich Montimere and arrested for presenting false ID.

Montimere, a 6-5 shooting guard, had sold himself to the small West Texas town as a homeless Haitian orphan, and moved in with Permian coach Danny Wright. (Permian is the same school that inspired the original Friday Night Lights book.) As it turns out, Montimere is really a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti who graduated from Dillard High (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2007. His true identity surfaced following accusations by his former coaches at Dillard, who spotted Montimere at an AAU tournament in Arkansas last month. He was released from jail after posting $500 bail Wednesday.

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