Final Kevin Hart “Prank” Update – He Was Lying

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“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.” – Kevin Hart

Hart was “unable to provide any phone numbers, addresses,” or other contact information for the purported recruiter, Hall said. Link Here.

This would’ve been nice to know before it was taken for news that “Kevin Reilly”, which is the name of Cal’s backup QB, was “the guy” who called him and “duped” him. Wow. I always kept open the possibility he was lying, but it just got more and more illogical as time went on that he would still be lying. To lie to the national news outlets when it was clear you would immediately get busted for it? That’s such a terrible decision that I left it out of the realm of possibilities once it got to that stage. I’m glad I wrote this in my first post on this topic, to make sure everyone learns the lesson: Never underestimate the really, really ridiculous shit a random person will do.

– Warsh

Published in: on February 6, 2008 at 6:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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Kevin Hart – Victim of the Most Evil College Football Recruiting Prank of All Time? part 2

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EDIT: Ok, so now it is known that Kevin Hart was, in fact, lying. I’m not gonan sit here and ex post facto you, so I’ll leave this up. While it is not totally wrong, it was based on “news” that was “reported”, such as the police involvement and information about “Kevin Reilly”. Kevin Reilly turns out to be the name of the Cal Backup QB, and Hart was unable to even provide a phone number or address to reach this “prankster”. So, while we can all laugh that this is wrong, my comeback will always be “so was ESPN”. You can read the final update here.

This story should clear up any questions:

FERNLEY, Nev. — A third party was allegedly involved in the recruiting gone bad of Fernley High School offensive lineman Kevin Hart, the Lyon County sheriff’s office said.

Hart, in a report taken Saturday by deputies, claims someone calling himself Kevin Riley represented himself as a recruiter — a middle man to big-time college football programs — and led the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder and his family to believe there were scholarship offers available when there were none.

Deputy Dan Lynch said the report alleges a crime of obtaining money under false pretenses, though finding a suspect could be difficult.

Easy answers to questions:

1. A person by the name of “Kevin Reilly” fooled Hart.

2. Hart paid him money to act in the capacity of acting as a middle man between Hart and big time college programs.

3. The police involvement is due to that payment.

The only question I have left is how much did he pay him? It seems that this mysterious person on the phone would have to be an idiot to get caught, so we’ll probably never hear from him again. Read below for the whole story.

– Warsh

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Kevin Hart – Victim of the Most Evil College Football Recruiting Prank of All Time?

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EDIT: Ok, so now it is known that Kevin Hart was, in fact, lying. But I’m not one for revisionist history, so ill leave this up. At least, in my defense, the first two quotes that I took as facts were simply incorrect – this won’t be a police matter, and I find it false that the student, town, coach and team look equally “not pretty”. The coach looks bad, the town and team didn’t have anything to do with it, and the kid looks like a complete lunatic. You can read the final update here.

While it obviously doesn’t happen often, sometimes I read something and think to myself “I need to share this with the hundreds of people who find this blog each day while working from their living rooms googling things.” This is undoubtedly one of those cases. I read a simple news story on with wild ramifications, if simple logical thought is applied to the facts in the case. Here they are – a high school senior, Kevin Hart, declared today, on national signing day, that he had chosen to play football at Cal over Oregon. Hart told this to a gym full of reporters, fans, and TV people. National signing day is the much hyped end of the college football recruiting process, the first day a player can “sign” a letter of intent to play at the school that hooked him up the most on his visit. However, in the case of Kevin Hart, there was no offer to accept. Both Cal and Oregon say they never recruited Hart. Which sounds like a case of a kid being an idiot, until we get this quote: “They really sold me,” Hart said, according to USA Today. “Cal Coach [Jeff] Tedford and I talked a lot, and the fact that the head coach did most of the recruiting of me kind of gave me the real personal experience.” Based on this quote, we have 2 possibilities.

1. Kevin Hart made all of this up for attention.

2. People impersonating college coaches pretended to recruit Kevin to these schools, in one of the most ridiculous pranks of all time.

I think we would all assume that number one is very probable. But, shockingly, it doesn’t appear that way. Look at the rest of these quotes:

Quote 1:

Now, it’s a “law enforcement investigation,” said Fernley football coach Mark Hodges, according to the newspaper.

“This is involving law enforcement and may involve other departments, other than the NCAA, that are bigger than local.”

–NOTE that he says “bigger than local”…which I will deduct to mean law enforcement at the State or Federal level. Would a kid making up that he got recruited be a state offense? I’m saying certainly not. People would say “you’re an asshole” and move on – its not a crime to make up shit about yourself. If it was, Rich would be doing consecutive life sentences right now.

Quote 2:

In a blog for the Reno newspaper, reporter Chris Gabel wrote: “I am told the ending is not going to be pretty. Not for the kid, coach, school or town.”

Interesting. So, unless all those entities were involved in a hilarious joke on the local media-as they are the only ones who get embarrassed if hes making it up, thanks to stories like this one – its looking more and more like option number 2 (elaborate prank with Kevin Hart as the victim).

Quote 3:

“Although only in a preliminary stage, the district’s investigation to date has been unable to verify that Kevin Hart was ever offered an athletic scholarship or letter of intent to play football by the University of California, University of Oregon, University of Nevada, Washington University or Oklahoma State University.”

Now, this is where things get ridiculous. Why would this district spokesperson mention three other specific universities unless Kevin Hart thought he got an offer from them? I’m not categorically ruling out that Hart fictionalized all this, simply because hes a random person, and I’ve learned that random people will always be doing ridiculous things, but the evidence simply doesn’t back it up. It really looks like someone or some people impersonated 5 different major college football coaches specifically to mess with this one high school kid. I will be like Geraldo out in those bomb fields with this story, reporting directly from the front lines if anything happens.

– Warsh

Published in: on February 5, 2008 at 5:53 pm  Comments (7)  
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