Dreamville founder is stepping away from the Scarborough Shooting Stars.
J. Cole Leaves (CEBL) Shooting Stars, Thanks The Fans In Scarborough
The North Carolina native is reportedly abandoning his hoop dreams — at least for now — to fulfill touring obligations as part of his career outside the world of professional basketball.
Cole, 37, famously joined the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League in May, blowing the minds of local fans who were ecstatic over the prospect of running into the multi-talented celebrity right here in Toronto.
On Wednesday night, after his best game with the Shooting Stars so far—hitting two three-pointers shattering his previous career high, and helping the team win 99-81 over the Newfoundland Growlers—Cole confirmed he’d be leaving the team to go on tour.
"Man, it's been phenomenal," he said of his four-game stint in Canada.
“I was telling the guys in there like, ‘I’m going for these shows, I’m not sure if I’ll be back,’” Cole said in an interview posted on the Shooting Stars’ Instagram account. “But just in case, I had to let them know how incredible this was. The players, the coaching staff, the organization, the league, it’s a crazy thing when you see it on paper, when you see what’s actually happening, and they made me feel so welcome.”
He also thanked the CEBL for allowing him to join the league and fulfill his hoop dreams. “It’s priceless what they’re allowing me to come in here and do and experience, so I really appreciate that,” he said.
In addition to J. Cole's leaving Scarborough Shooting Stars─the NC spitter is now off to New York for some back-to-back performances at the Governor's Ball Music Festival before heading across the country and world on the summer 2022 festival circuit.