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The AP on Stoudemire’s Hebrew awakening

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 30, 2010 | 2:34 pm

The AP followed up on the story about Amar’e Stoudemire learning his mom is Jewish:

Amare Stoudemire, who recently signed a nine-figure free-agent contract with the New York Knicks, says he has come to Israel to explore whether he has Jewish heritage.

Stoudemire told The Associated Press on Friday that he believes he has “Hebrew roots” through his mother, Carrie.

The five-time All-Star is on a weeklong visit to learn about Israel, its language and religions.

Two things stood out to me from this story:

1. The mention of money—Jews are a bit sensitive about this, though it has its place in this story.
2. That Stoudemire only “believes” his mom has “Hebrew roots.”

The AP sounds a bit more skeptical than the Jewish and Israeli press was.

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