Basketball Africa League player says signing J. Cole to a team was ‘disrespectful’
J Cole was recruited to play for Rwanda in the Basketball African League was assumed to be met with all-around applause in the Basketball world. However, Terrell Stoglin, a professional player has voiced out his opinions on the matter, stating J Cole’s action and involvement were disrespectful.
Terrell Stoglin, An athlete currently competing in the ongoing Basketball Africa League competition in Rwanda has questioned why rapper J Cole was signed to a team and its necessity.
Salé guard and former University of Maryland player Terrell Stoglin said the rapper’s presence was “disrespectful” as he denied other deserving professional players the chance of being recruited and given the chance the rapper so easily attained.
While fans of J Cole are supportive of the rapper’s decision to play professional basketball in Africa, a member of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) has taken offense to Cole’s decision to pivot to hooping as a secondary profession.
Stoglin made those comments during an interview with ESPN on May 24. While speaking to ESPN, he remarked that Cole playing for the League’s Rwanda Patriots is “disrespectful”.
“I think there’s a negative and a positive [to J. Cole playing for the BAL],” Stoglin said. “The negative part of it is I think he took someone’s job that deserves it.”
Terrell Stoglin also suggested the celebrated rapper is not cut out for the competition and he denied other professional players who have been out of a job because of the COVID-19 pandemic the opportunity to compete in the league.
He believes this decision could have provided another player the well-deserved chance to play in the major spotlight, either starting or boosting his or her career in the process.
Speaking on the advantage of J. Cole joining in the BAL (Basketball Africa League), Stoglin settles that the rapper’s celebrity status and reputation bring exposure to the league.
Basketball Africa League player says signing J Cole to a team was ‘disrespectful’
“The positive side of it is it brings a lot of attention, and, I guess, money. I don’t really pay attention to that type of stuff. I’m more… You took someone’s job that deserved it,” he said.
“I think there’s a negative and a positive [to J. Cole playing for the BAL],” Stoglin told the sports network. “The negative part of it is I think he took someone’s job that deserves it.”
The professional baller feels the spot Cole easily obtained could have been granted to another player who could have rightfully earned it.
“I live in a basketball world,” Stoglin said. “I don’t live in a fan world. I know many 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 gets glorified is very disrespectful to the game. It’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their whole lives for this.”
J. Cole signed to play at least three games in the Basketball Africa League with the Rwanda Patriots. He featured in games against Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club (Nigeria) as well as Union Sportive Monastirienne (Tunisia).
Speaking to ESPN, the Patriots’ chief operations officer, Haydee Ndayishimiye, said the team signed the rapper solely for basketball reasons, adding that that has even manifested as they have made it to the top eight.
“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,” Ndayishimiye said. “He’s a great basketball player and wants to play the game like everyone else. We understand some other teams may feel this way [as Stoglin does], but we made a basketball decision first.
“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.”
A die-hard basketball fan, J. Cole has never hidden his ambition of playing professionally. While in school, he played for North Carolina’s Terry Sanford High School basketball team and later became a walk-on player for St. John’s University. That was before he ventured into rap.
Meanwhile, a source on Wednesday revealed the rapper has parted ways with the Rwanda Patriots after completing his contractual obligation.
The source also said he has left Rwanda to attend to a “family obligation.” The rapper departs the league five points, three assists, and five rebounds after playing three games, the source added.
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