This is crazy… I couldn’t believe this was real…. smmfh
Last week, Samir Hill was just another kid from West Philly, home from college to visit his family over spring break. Because he’s a basketball player — he plays at Allegany College in Maryland — he did what any other 21-year-old would do on a warm day: go to the nearest playground to shoot around.
What Hill didn’t know was that his trip to the courts on 56th and Lansdowne would wind up making him internet famous, and ultimately land him in handcuffs.
Like a bizarro version of the “Fresh Prince” intro, Hill, who spoke at length with Complex.com, was playing two-on-two with his friend Josh and a pair of younger kids when two uniformed police officers approached and began talking smack.
“They started talking trash,” Hill told Complex. “I’m like, ‘Come get on the court.’ They’re talking about, ‘We only play for money.’ I say, ‘How much money y’all want to play for?’ One of the cops was like, ‘How much you wanna play for?’ I say, ‘Matter of fact, we can play for one. Game to one.’”
So the cops, not knowing that Hill played at Overbrook High, and now at the college level, took the bait. Hill said he recognized the cops from his neighborhood, but didn’t know their names.
“We gave them ball first,” Hill continued. “I was playing on the court 2 on 2 with my friend Josh—they almost scored on him! We get the ball, and everybody starts pulling out their cameras. The first cop, I crossed him and laid it up.”