As many of you know J. Cole is currently living his hoop dreams in the Basketball Africa League (BAL). However, not everyone thinks he’s deserving of his current position on Rwanda’s Patriots Basketball Club. Terrell Stoglin, who is a guard for Moroccan’s Basketball Club, AS Salé, acknowledged that there were some negatives and positives with Cole’s addition to the league.
Terrell Stoglin spoke to ESPN, and said he feels like J. Cole’s position could have gone to someone he feels deserves it, and called his presence in the league “disrespectful to the game.”
He said, “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.”
Terrell acknowledged that attention and money are the positives that can be brought to the league from J. Cole’s presence.
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The Patriots chief operations officer Haydee Ndayishimiye reassured J. Cole’s addition to the team was a basketball decision. She said, “We put together a team that we think can win the BAL championship. We have a roster of over 20 players that were ready to compete, but the final roster could only be 13. We made a basketball decision which can be justified by our performance so far.”
She also said, “Of course, someone as famous as him will bring a lot of attention, but one thing the BAL, Patriots BBC, and his team have committed to do is to treat him like any other player.”
As previously reported, J. Cole’s addition to the Rwandan basketball team came right before he dropped his current album, “The Off-Season.” Last year the Detriot Pistons invited him to try out for their team after it was revealed that he was training for the NBA.
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