Bonner denied Canadian citizenship. Will not play for Canada.


With the 2010 FIBA World Championship fast approaching, the Canadian national team was trying to get San Antonio Spurs’ forward Matt Bonner to join the team. He tried to rush the paper work to become a Canadian citizen but was denied.

Matt Bonner will not be granted quick citizenship to play for Canada at the world basketball championship.

Bonner’s request for a speeded-up approval process was rejected for a second time this week by the ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Wayne Parrish, chief executive officer of Canada Basketball, accepts that Bonner’s Canadian debut will have to wait until after the world championship, set to start in Turkey Aug. 28. (source

That huge sigh of relief is from Spurs nation.