Sudanese immigrant, 29, told Canada he was 17 so he could play high school basketball

Sudanese immigrant, 29, told Canada he was 17 so he could play high school basketball
Jonathan Nicola: identifies as 17. (Image: Screen grab of video via Salon)

[Ed. – Hey, it could happen.  This humongous, adult-looking man could certainly identify as a 17-year-old.  The Guardian has more; apparently, he gave something closer to his real age when he tried earlier to get a study visa to the U.S.]

For the past six months, Jonathan Nicola has claimed to be 17 years old. He was arrested in violation of Canada’s Refugee Protection Act because he is actually 30 years old, not 17. He is a South Sudanese refugee and center star of the Catholic Central Comets in Windsor, Ontario. He’s been living with coach Pete Cusuamano who said in January that Nicola could play in the NBA. Nicola is in custody and awaiting further immigration hearings.

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