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If My Parents Named Me Guerdwich Montimere, I'd Be an Imposter, Too, If It Meant I Could Have a New Name

Guerdwich-montimere I loves me a good imposter story: Guerdwich Montimere, a 22-year-old former basketball player at Fort Lauderdale's Dillard High School was also, until recently, a 16-year-old high school basketball player named Jerry Joseph at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas.

Imposters are fascinating. It is hard enough being one person let alone concocting an entirely new identity to parade around in, and yet many people manage to do it convincingly, and sometimes repeatedly.

Christopher Rocancourt used a dozen aliases successfully enough that he married Playboy model Pia Reyes under one of them and stayed for a time with Mickey Rourke. Ferdinand Demara took on many careers under different identities, but nothing topped his masquerading as a surgeon on a Canadian Navy destroyer during WWII where he actually improvised many surgeries. David Hampton posed as Sidney Poitier's son, David Poitier, and conned money from such celebrities as Gary Sinise, Calvin Klein, and Melanie Griffith before he was found out.

Guerdwich Montimere — left, at 22 posing as a 16-year-old Jerry Joseph in Texas;
middle and right, at 16 in Florida

22-year-old Guerdwich Montimere was a high school hoops star in Fort Lauderdale at Dillard High School when he was actually a for reals high school student four years ago. More recently, though, he managed to become a high school hoops star again when he led his Permian High School team to the Texas state playoffs under the assumed identity of a 16-year-old Jerry Joseph.

Montimere even had the nerve to present himself as homeless so that his basketball coach, Danny Wright, would take him in. That's deep cover, yo.

This affected a lot of people, Wright said. The whole school of Permian embraced that kid. He deceived us and played on everyone's emotions.

Coaches from Florida recognized Montimere as a player who had actually graduated high school in 2007 during an amateur basketball tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas last month.

Authorities don't like it when you pretend to be somebody you aren't and screw with the church of high school basketball, so Montimere was taken into custody last Tuesday on a charge of presenting false identification to a peace officer. Montimere was held on a $500 bond, and, if convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and up to a $2500 fine. It also means that Permian High will likely have to forfeit its 2009 season in which the let's-play-pretend character of Jerry Joseph led them to District 2-5A state playoffs.

Bad, bad Guerdwich. BAD.

My advice? It's pathetic to cling so ridiculously hard to your high school glory. Get a future. And a proper name change. Guerdwich should be punishable all on its own.

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Schmutzie never thought she'd be a sports writer.

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When I turned 21, my mother asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I was born during a blizzard just before Christmas, and when they made up my birth certificate, my mother asked them to wait, for my father trying to get to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning in bad weather.

They didn't, and my birth certificate has a __________ where my name should be. So I told my Mom, Let's go to Vital Records and have my name properly registered (the original was not altered by the way.) So that's what we did. But weeks before I teased my mother, saying I could choose any name I wanted...and I gave her off the wall examples. This upset her so much that I had to stop.

I have to admit. During that time, there was a tremendous sense of freedom in realizing I could become someone else. It's also an interesting and oddball sensation to realize that for 21 years of my life, I did not have a legal name. Even now, I'm fond of playing around with my screenname personas. (NO!)

OH. And I have a fake Facebook account! Now that really makes me laugh.


This is terribly sad. It's like the opposite of those guys who jump from high school to the NBA. Surely there's a movie script here...

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