It looks like J. Cole’s professional basketball career is officially coming to an end, at least for now. The Grammy Award-winning rapper recently announced his decision to leave the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. It turns out that Cole has other obligations to fulfill.
Cole only played four games with the Shooting Stars before deciding to turn his back on his team and go on tour. The hip-hop icon revealed that he had already bid farewell to his teammates:
“I was saying to the guys there, ‘I’m going to those shows, I don’t know if I’ll be back,'” Cole said, via Complex’s Alex Gheciu. “But just in case, I had to let them know how amazing it was. The players, the technical staff, the organization, the league, it’s crazy when you see it on paper, when you see what’s really going on, and they made me feel so welcome.
J Cole said it was an “invaluable” experience for him and he really appreciates the team for allowing him to live his dream of being a professional basketball player. In the end, however, it’s his music that pays the bills and Cole just has to do what he has to.
“I want to thank the fans, the people of, first of all, Canada, Toronto, and specifically Scarborough, because being in the city now for four weeks, however long, how much excitement people show and the pride they show, they’re happy that I’m here. I appreciate that,” he said. “They’re excited about basketball in Canada and especially in Toronto, there’s so many pride in Toronto.”
J Cole isn’t exactly the best player, but it’s also undeniable that he has some skills. Plus, the buzz he brings to the team – including the massive crowds he draws to watch him every game – is something that can’t be ignored.