A junior college basketball player was recently challenged to what seemed to be a “friendly” pickup basketball game by two Philadelphia police officers. But things quickly turned sour after the officers were embarrassingly defeated by the 5-foot-7 point guard at Allegany College of Maryland. In the aftermath of the humiliating defeat, the two Philly cops detained Samir Hill, to teach him that when cops challenge you to a game of hoops, you’d better let them win.
Hill had been playing against some neighborhood kids before the two cops approached him. That’s when the officers “started talking trash” – saying that the players “didn’t look very good.” So Hill challenged them to a friendly game to see how well the boys in blue would do.
“We gave them ball first, [and] I was playing on the court two-on-two with my friend Josh — they almost scored on him,” Hill said in an interview with Complex magazine. Watch the video below…
But in the background, his friend warned him against challenging the cops, intuiting that they wouldn’t be good sports.
“We get the ball, and everybody starts pulling out their cameras. The first cop, I crossed him and laid it up.”
The videos made their way to Vine, where they were being shared within seconds of the game. The video of Hill beating the officers on crossover dribbles spread like wildfire on the video-sharing site.
“He’s like, ‘I don’t play basketball, I play football,’” Hill recalled. “So he put his partner on me — the second one, the one I made fall. Everyone went crazy.”
The two officers were humiliated. So two days later, after several well-known, professional athletes — including former NFL star Chad Johnson — shared the video of the defeat on social media, the same two cops met up with Hill on the street again… this time they harassed him and detained him. Apparently, being a better athlete than them was “suspicious.”
“I think it was because of the video, but they said it was the people I was around,” Hill explained. “I don’t think it was that though, because most of the kids I hang around are college kids. I think they just wanted to take me down to the district to show who I was.”
The same two cops hauled him in to the police station, having placed him under arrest. They claimed they saw him with contraband… but when they couldn’t materialize anything, they eventually released him without any charges.
“They didn’t explain it to me,” Hill added. “They just took me in there, handcuffed me to a bench for an hour and a half. They were doing a search on the car. They searched the car for like an hour. They didn’t find nothing, and they let me go. The whole time they were telling me how they weren’t going to lock me up, that they were targeting my friend.”
When they released Hill, they told him they’d be back at the court for a “rematch.” But Hill says “I don’t want to play them any more, though. There’s no point. I did what I had to do to them.”
(Article by Jackson Marciana and M. David)