Refugee Playing on High School Basketball Team Arrested After His Real Age Is Revealed


With all the talk that has continued to go on regarding our allies and their apparently very porous borders, people may be nervous that it’s just a mater of time until a refugee slips through the cracks and jeopardizes our neighbors to the north. Well in Ontario, Canada that is sort of what happened, though it was really just in the name of sports.

A 17-year-old African refugee who was playing high school basketball for the Central Catholic Comets in Windsor was outed as actually being a 30-year-old man.

Of course, that’s the extent of Jonathan Nicola‘s nefarious deeds: misrepresenting his age to play some hoops. I guess nothing tipped off the local community when a high school kid clocking in at 6-foot-9 and 202 pounds straddled into the gym and (probably) led his team in every statistical category.

Stephen Fields from the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board said of the situation, “Generally speaking, if we felt at any time that there is any kind of threat to any of our students at any of our schools, then we would act appropriately.”

In accordance with the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, Nicola was arrested yesterday and remains in custody.

Here’s a highlight video of sorts that the school even put together just a few months ago to demonstrate Nicola’s talents, presumably for recruitment, where he is identified as an eleventh grader.

[image via Twitter]

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