ESPN: Mormon athlete Jabari Parker's family to limit media availability for the summer
M. Spencer Green, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Our take: You've probably seen our stories on LDS athlete and highly touted basketball recruit Jabari Parker, and you may have read author Jeff Benedict's cover story on Parker in Sports Illustrated. But that may be all you hear about the 6-foot-9 hoops star for a while. ESPN Chicago reports:
"Basketball never stops, so we're getting ready to shut it down for him," Parker's father, Sonny, said. "He just wants to continue to be a kid, watch cartoons, hang out with a friends and everything.
"I think Jabari is the first (high school) player who has experienced this social media stuff. LeBron (James) and Kobe (Bryant) never experienced that. Jabari can't go to the bathroom without being on Twitter. It's the first time a player of his caliber you know he plays a game, gets out of the shower and he's on YouTube."
Sonny said all the attention has gotten to his son.
"It's overwhelming," Sonny said. "It could be a distraction sometimes because he still has to stay in the same routine. I think the distractions sometimes can get overwhelming."
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