A star high school basketball player in Canada, Jonathan Nicola, is under investigation for possibly lying about his age. He claims he mother never told him his age whenever he asked.
Nicola was a star player for Catholic Central Secondary School in Windsor, but he was arrested at the Canadian border and has been held by immigration since April 15. He was traveling to the US with his team when border services were alerted that his fingerprints matched that of someone who tried to make a refugee claim in the US.
According to information shared at a hearing, Nicola’s visa application and passport to Canada listed his birthday as Nov. 25, 1998. However, his documents for the US listed his birthday as Nov. 1, 1986.
Nicola says the issue is his mother never told him his birthday according to The Toronto Star.
“I always keep asking what the specific age that I was born is, and she has told me that she could not remember,” Nicola said at a recent hearing.
“Over (in South Sudan) . . . not every year we study . . . we always keep moving to different schools, and over there, they do not ask your age. They do not ask you nothing,” Nicola said.