Lithuanian NBA player Žydrunas Ilgauskas has officially lost his Lithuanian citizenship

This Monday, retired Lithuanian NBA player Žydrūnas Ilgauskas officially lost his Lithuanian passport since he received an American one. The final decision was signed by the Lithuanian Minister of Interior Saulius Skvernelis.

Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, a 39 year – old basketball player, lost the Lithuanian citizenship after accepting the US citizenship. The Lithuanian, or correctly to say the “Fresh American”, currently works as assistant to Cleveland Cavaliers manager Chris Grant. Ilgauskas arrived to America in 1996 and stayed there since then. Before leaving for a successful career in the NBA, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas had played for Žalgiris Kaunas and Atletas.

The former basketball player lost his citizenship since Lithuania doesn’t allow to have dual citizenship, and as a result, Ilgauskas decided to take the US one instead of the Lithuanian one.

Ilgauskas supposed to pay a fine of 1,450 Euro for not informing the Lithuanian authorities about acquiring the US citizenship last year. But at the end, he will not be fined. Ilgauskas has played in NBA finals twice, but never won the NBA championship. He became to be a hall of fame in Cleveland and his jersey, with number 11, was placed in Cleveland’s Quickel Loans arena.

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Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel