Saturday, August 3, 2013
Amar'e Stoudemire applies for Israeli citizenship
Stoudemire has now applied for Israeli citizenship according to his agent Happy Walters.
Stoudemire has been in Israel since mid-July, first as assistant coach for Canada in the Maccabiah Games and is touring the country while exploring his Jewish roots on his mother’s side.
Stoudemire previously announced he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem, partnering with basketball and baseball agent Arn Tellem. Israeli president Shimon Peres said he wants Stoudemire to play next year on the Israeli National Team, but it’s unlikely the Knicks would grant permission, since they already denied him a spot on Team USA in 2010.
When Stoudemire announced that he was going to trace his Hebrew roots back in 2010 I don't think anyone who didn't know him took him seriously about it. Stoudemire said that it's not about religion but spirituality for him.
I never thought that Stoudemire would go as far as applying for citizenship to Israel but I do applaud him for taking the time to go and find out about his family roots.