According to ESPN, J. Cole's professional basketball career has come to a close—at least for now. Turning Pro as "Disrespectful"
Source: via ESPN J. Cole finishes Basketball Africa League | Rwanda Patriots
During an interview with ESPN on Monday (May 24), AS Salé guard, Terrell Stoglin, of the BAL, thinks 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 ABL]," the former University of Maryland player told the sports network. "The negative part of it is: I think he took someone's job that deserves it."
“The negative part of it is: I think he took someone’s job that deserves it. 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.
Stoglin passively adds the potential positives to J. Cole’s BAL presence.
“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 [concerned that] he took someone’s job that deserved it.”
Terrell Stoglin played for the University of Maryland from 2010-12 and scored 40 points in his most recent game for AS Sale. So far Stoglin is the only player to publicly state his opinion J. Cole’s pro-presence.