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  /  11.28.2020

Tristan Thompson is officially a United States citizen. The basketball star has reportedly living and working in the U.S. with a student visa and earlier this week, he took the oath to become an American citizen.

The Twitter account for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Western Region shared a photo of the NBA player’s big moment, along with a quote from him. “‘I came to the US on a student visa and have always had big dreams. I’m now truly living the American dream.’ Congrats on reaching your goals @RealTristan13! Best of luck with the @NBA #Celtics as a #NewUSCitizen!”

Thompson has yet to publicly comment on the news. was born in Toronto, Canada. He spent the first nine seasons of his NBA career playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers alongside Lebron James in 2016. He played one season of college basketball for the Texas Longhorns and was then drafted fourth overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Cavaliers. He has also played for the Canadian national team.

The news of his immigration status comes a week after it was announced that he would be leaving the Cavaliers and joining the Boston Celtics in the upcoming NBA season. The athlete’s agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, confirmed to Yahoo Sports last week that the basketball star has agreed to a two-year $19 million deal to play for the Boston team. 

The basketball player, who is dating Khloé Kardashian, received support from her family following the news. “Congrats @realtristan13,” Kim Kardashian wrote following the news. “Boston here we come!!!” Rob Kardashian also congratulated Thompson, writing on his Instagram Story, “LET’S GO @realtristan13.” Thompson and Kardashian, who share daughter True together, will reportedly be splitting their time living between Los Angeles, California and Boston.


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