J. Cole is currently one of the most sought after rappers in the Hip-Hop world. J. Cole has finally released his long-awaited album The Off-Season and it has been a massive success.
Apart from that, the rapper has also been playing basketball in the African Basketball League as part of the Rwanda Patriots and his performance has been panned by fans and players alike. Many called him out on his embarrassing basketball skills recently as well.
Now it seems a current ABL player has issues with J. Cole playing basketball in the league. While speaking to ESPN on Monday, AS Salé guard, Terrell Stoglin talked about J. Cole playing in the ABL being a form of disrespect to all the other players, who have sacrificed a lot to play basketball.
“I think there’s a negative and a positive [to J. Cole playing for the ABL]. The negative part of it is: I think he took someone’s job that deserves it.”
He continues: “I live in a basketball world. I don’t live in a fan world. I know a lot of guys that had their careers stopped by COVID and they’re still home working out and training for an opportunity like this. For a guy who has so much money and has another career to just come here and average, like, one point a game and still get glorified is very disrespectful to the game. It’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their whole lives for this.”
J. Cole made his ABL debut last weekend, playing 12 minutes and scoring 50 percent from the field. Despite that, the Patriots couldn’t win the game and lost to the Union Sportive Monastirienne on May 22, with the final score being 91-75. We certainly wonder if J. Cole will eventually improve his basketball skills to a point where people will no longer criticize him and feel that he is stealing other players’ spots.
Thanks to XXL for the quotes.