And finally the news of the artists
By Andy Malt | Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2021
Well, that didn’t last long. A little less than two weeks after debuting as a member of the Rwanda Patriots basketball team, J Cole has apparently quit the said team and returned to the United States.
According to ESPN, Cole left the Patriots due to a “family obligation”. His departure also comes after completing what would have been his contractual minimum of three games.
The rapper joined the Rwanda Patriots earlier this month when the NBA-backed Basketball Africa League kicked off. He participated in his first match on May 16, drawing mixed reviews for his play.
Meanwhile, another American brought in to play in the league, Terrell Stoglin, who is part of Moroccan team AS Salé, recently criticized Cole for taking a place that could have been filled by a true professional player. .
“The negative side is that I think he took the job from someone who deserves it,” he recently told ESPN. “I live in a basketball world. I don’t live in a fan world. I know a lot of guys whose careers have been cut short by COVID, and they’re still home practicing and training for a opportunity like this”.
“For a guy who has so much money and has another career to come here and average, like, a point a game, and still be glorified, is very disrespectful to the game,” he continued. . “It’s disrespectful to those who have sacrificed their whole lives for this.”
However, he acknowledged that Cole’s presence brought a lot of attention to the new Basketball Africa League. The rapper’s debut as a professional basketball player also coincided with the release of his new album, “The Off-Season.” Now that his athletic career is seemingly over, he can continue to promote that properly.
The Rwanda Patriots’ first game without Cole is set to take place today against Mozambique’s Ferroviario de Maputo.