Manute Bol’s birthday was allegedly made up, and he might’ve played at age 50

Manute Bol was listed at 23 years old when he joined the Washington Bullets in 1985. (AP) 
Snip: Does he look 23 to you?

Yahoo Sports: Manute Bol retired from basketball in 1995 at the age of 32, or so we’ve been led to believe.

The college basketball coach who brought Bol to the United States in the mid-1980s — now a scout for the Indiana Pacers — told’s Adam Zagoria that he made up the 7-foot-7 center’s widely recognized birthday, October, 16, 1962, soon after flying him into the country for a recruiting visit.

“I gave him his birthday because they didn’t know how old he was,” former Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey told Zagoria.

“[Bol] had no idea of his age and the kid who came over with him didn’t know how old he was. No one knew how old he was.

“The immigration people were in the office [at Cleveland State] and they thought it was great. They loved it. And they were big fans of Cleveland State, they used to come to all our games. They wanted to cover themselves because Manute was starting to get so much publicity. His picture was in the paper. He was on the 6 o’clock news because he was a such a different looking guy than everyone else. At that time, no one had ever seen anything like it.”

Bol never played for Mackey at Cleveland State, although the program was placed on probation in the late 1980s for allegedly paying Bol and other African-born players. (Both Mackey and Bol denied those claims.) Instead, Bol played one season at the University of Bridgeport, averaging 22.5 points, 13.5 rebound and 7.1 blocks per game at the Division II level in 1984-85, when his allegedly made-up birthday would have listed him at 22 years old and Mackey believes he might have been closer to 40.  read more

9 Comments on Manute Bol’s birthday was allegedly made up, and he might’ve played at age 50

  1. He listed him at 22 when his recruiter say’s he may have been ” 40 ” !
    That’s freeking Amazing and yet somehow I believe it !
    Here’s to you International Man of Mysterious age !!!

  2. Third world countries have no documentation or verifiable information about their free range citizens.
    So let’s bring them here in droves.

    I wonder why Donald Trump won?

    No offense against Manute Bol, but who is letting in these unknown individuals?

    There’s no way to know who they are.

  3. Any qualified doctor can tell how old a person is by an examination.
    You ever hear of a 12 year molar?
    Well the body is full of things that happen at a specific age.

  4. I can tell you here in Maryland the criminal illegal immigrants go to 9 grade and this criminal animals are 21 with kids that are 13 , 14 years old this isn’t no story it is the true

  5. *Saw him in half.
    *Crush his bones for carbon dating
    *Or just have a dentist examine on of his teeth

    Ever see GREG ODEN? They guy has looked 58 years old his entire life.

  6. Also the illegal immigrants come to school with tuberculosis spread it to the rest of the kids . And Martin o’malley was governor when this crap happen and the parents didn’t know crap about it until My connection with a person told me that and a spread that news quickly.

  7. “the white man lost my birth certificate in the jungle..”
    GMAFB. Literacy has to be the default when BCs are commonly issued. Sudan does not reliably qualify, even in the North.

    Does this really matter, except as a fish-slap to others who want to put sports players out to pasture?

    He had an interesting and lonely life. Dying from complications of Stevens–Johnson syndrome is awful.

    Sorry for the screwy link, but it’s from the WaPo, back when it was more of a newspaper.

  8. I remember Coach Mackey from his Cleveland State days. Top-notch coach until he got involved with booze, coke and (maybe) hookers. Idiot. Often wondered what the hell happened to him, but I’ve never bothered to track him down.


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