Dwight Hardy could be waived by his Italian Club Sidigas Avellino, reports Sportando.net (translated by Tim Dimas) - not for his play, but because of the often confusing rules of playing basketball abroad. In Dwight's case, his working visa.
The use of illegal passports has started to become a big issue around European basketball. Teams are attempting to get their players to receive passports from a different country because there is a quicker process behind it. Avellino wanted Hardy on the court as soon as possible but because it took too long to get a working visa for him the U.S., they sent Hardy to Congo to attempt to get a passport there.
During the summer, Hardy traveled to Congo to receive a passport that would allow him to play in Italy but the Italian Consulate in Brazzeville, the capital of Congo, has yet to release a working visa to Hardy.
The main reason for the snag is that Hardy's American passport states that his birthplace is in the Bronx, New York, while his Congo passport states that his birthplace is in Brazzeville, Congo.
The Federal Prosecutors Office is currently investigating the situation with the thought this is a scam by Avellino to get Hardy on the court.
Dwight Hardy's situation is similar to that of former UTEP forward, Omar Thomas, who played for Hardy's club also. Thomas was found to be using a fake passport and was disqualified by the league before he got a chance to play for Montepaschi Siena.
Hardy now sits in limbo and could potentially find himself without a job, though likely not for long after his performance with Pistoia.
Hardy began his Italian career for Pistoia in Lega Due where he averaged 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists before moving up to Serie A and joining Avellino. Hardy took Pistoia to the finals of the league, losing 3-1 in a best of 5 series.
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