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High School Coach Impersonates 13-Year-Old Player During Game; Parents Demand Apology

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Arlisha Boykins


A 13-year-old high school basketball player’s family is demanding an apology after the teen’s 22-year-old coach allegedly impersonated her during a game. Former Churchland Junior Varsity girls basketball team assistant coach Arlisha Boykins is accused of impersonating the teen during a January 21 game against Nansemond River, according to WAVY.


When her team faced Nansemond River, the teen Boykins impersonated was said to be out of town for a basketball tournament. Boykins was later fired. Boykins can be seen in the match video wearing the number one jersey and participating in the game. Boykins is also seen attacking the rim, blocking shots, and attempting free throws in the video. According to the girl’s parents, the former coach identified herself as their daughter during the game.


Churchland reportedly won the match 47-45, but the victory was later recorded as a loss by forfeit. Following the incident, the team’s players and parents decided to forego the rest of the season.


“Coaches always preach to the kids about integrity and those types of things, so I was just shocked,” the teen’s father said. “I just need an apology, you know, because I haven’t yet received one from the overseer of the program.”


The teen’s family also stated that she has since changed schools. Portsmouth Public Schools confirmed to PEOPLE that Boykins and the junior varsity head coach are no longer employed by the district.


“Churchland’s administration immediately investigated and then contacted the Virginia High School League to report the findings,” Portsmouth Public Schools said. “In addition, the administration of Churchland held a parent and player meeting with both the junior varsity and varsity teams. During the meeting, both teams’ players expressed their desire to end the season. The remaining opponents and officials for both teams have been notified.”


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