Posted on June 25, 2021

ESPN’s Jalen Rose Slams USA Basketball for Picking ‘Token’ White Guy for Olympics

Brandon Contes, Mediaite, June 25, 2021

After recently finalizing their roster, the United States men’s basketball team is gearing up to chase their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal later this summer in Tokyo.

Led by Kevin DurantDamian Lillard and Devin Booker, Team USA is the favorite to win the gold, but ESPN’s Jalen Rose has one major gripe with the roster. The token White guy.

Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism,” Rose said on his ESPN show Jalen and Jacoby. “Don’t be scared to make an all-Black team representing the United States of America. I’m disappointed by that. Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad.”


Love helped Team USA win the gold during the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was not on the team in 2016, when an all-Black roster went to Rio de Janeiro to represent the United States of America.