*First Tina Turner, now Amar’e Stoudemire. The Knicks star has just applied for a foreign citizenship.In Israel.
American citizens applying for citizenship outside of the United States may increasingly become more than a notion.
“He applied, and he’s getting there now,” Stoudemire’s agent Happy Walters told New York Magazine, according to the NY Daily News.
Stoudemire announced he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club “Hapoel Jerusalem” last month and the 30-year-old completed his application for citizenship while he was in the Jewish state for the annual Maccabiah Games, where he served as the assistant coach of the Canadian basketball squad.
Stoudemire was signed by the Knicks in 2010 to a nearly $100 million five-year contract. Though he wasn’t raised Jewish he’s been flirting with the religion ever since he moved to New York and began telling people his wayward mother, Carrie, had Jewish ties.
In interviews, Stoudemire says that he has “no formal religion,” but he practices certain Jewish rituals because “we are all Jewish. It’s the original culture.”
Stoudemire also donned a yarmulke and a prayer shawl when he and Alexis Welch tied the knot last year.
“I’m not a religious person, I’m more of a spiritual person,” he recently told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “So I follow the rules of the Bible that coordinate with and connect with the Hebrew culture.”
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