Boston Celtic’s Tristan Thompson becomes U.S. citizen
Thompson also announced that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers last week
Tristan Thompson has officially become a United States citizen.
Thompson, a Canadian citizen, arrived to the U.S. in 2009 to study at the University of Texas on a student visa. He would join the NBA draft as the fourth overall pick after attending college for one year, according to TMZ.
“I came to the US on a student visa and have always had big dreams. I’m now truly living the American dream,” Thompson, 29, said in a statement.
The milestone happened earlier this week shortly after his decision to sign a two year $19 million deal with the Boston Celtics, as confirmed by Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Haynes on November 21.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services tweeted their congratulations on both milestones for the athlete, who is pictured in a mask due to COVID-19 protocols.
Thompson shared an Instagram post of himself on a private jet in route to Boston in light of the announcement. Kim Kardashian West and Robert Kardasdian took to their Instagram stories to send congratulations, with West chiming, “Congrats @realtristan13 Boston here we come!!!!”
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People took to Twitter to congratulate Thompson in light of the news and acknowledging what he contributed to the Cavaliers – notably helping to break the 52-year championship drought in 2016. Ben Axelrod tweeted, “Cleveland doesn’t win a championship in 2016 without Tristan Thompson.”
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