Comments about ‘Jeff Benedict: Deseret News exclusive: Watching Katie Couric's interview with Jabari Parker at New York Mormon meetinghouse’

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Published: Wednesday, June 13 2012 6:00 a.m. MDT

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bobosmom
small town, Nebraska

Good luck in his future endeavors. I hope that where ever he goes that if he wants to go on a mission that the school he chooses will work around it.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

ernie,
i'll help you. i said he has class and that everytime there could be a connection with BYU you find, with your deep insight and inside information that he will be going to duke. glad you have all the answers and know who has class.

localblue
Sandy, UT

Geez, with all the attention this kid is getting, it'll be a miracle if he doesn't have a breakdown from the pressure. He seems like he has a good head on his shoulders but I know I'd have a hard time with it.

jawico
Cedar City, UT

His choice has never been what college will let him serve a mission. He's a one and done player and doesn't turn 19 until well after his freshman season (and the NBA draft). His choice is whether or not to postpone his NBA career for a mission.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

I'd love to see a picture of Jabari's parents. They are the people I'm impressed with.

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

Just watched this segment on GMA....

Katie Couric did an absolutely awesome job!!! I've never been a big fan of hers, but on this one she hit it out of the park! She was a Class-Act all the way!!

And ABC/GMA's editors did an equally awesome job editing it all together, and making the piece accurate, informative and respectful of the LDS Church/religion.

I have to say I WAS a little surprised to see them set up and interview/film INSIDE the chapel portion of the meetinghouse!! 8^)

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

RE: just-a-fan at 12:03 p.m., 6-13-12, said:
I find this weird. Every time an LDS person does something exciting people here in Utah automatically act as if he is one of them. He has nothing to do with Utah. Give it a rest.

Just-a-Fan: You are grossly mis-interpreting the data!!

It's NOT a "Utah thing", dude.... it's a "religion thing" (a common religious-affiliation).

_Mormons_ (not Utahns) DO "act as if he is one of them"..... because he IS!!!

As you yourself said, it "has nothing to do with Utah."

MORMONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY/WORLD --not Utahns-- are touting this amazing kid.

stampederus
Ephraim, UT

I watched the interview on GMA and was surprised that Ms. Couric did not know that the correct name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She used the name The Church of Latter Day Saints. I wonder if Sarah Palin would have known better?

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@Andy

"Duke will ruin him. Soft nobodys come from there."

He's much more likely to be soft and not go anywhere out of BYU than Duke ... sports wise that is.

@stampederus - "Ms. Couric did not know that the correct name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She used the name The Church of Latter Day Saints. I wonder if Sarah Palin would have known better?"

Sensitive much?

@InspectorC

"ABC/GMA's editors did an equally awesome job editing it all together, and making the piece accurate, informative and respectful of the LDS Church/religion."

It's like you're just looking for them to say something wrong.

To those full of excitement to see a Mormon NBA prospect ... wow. You don't see Catholics, protestants, atheists, or any other group get so riled up when they have a potential superstar than the Mormons. In fact I don't even hear about their religion, just their athletic abilities. Is there desperation here for something?

Bluto
Sandy, UT

@LValfre

Prety sure you're the "Sensitive" and "Desperate" one here.

Too positive an aritcle on the LDS for you?
Didn't fit your narrative?

Go fishing Dude, relax.
The Mormons are here to stay.

Bluto
Sandy, UT

@LValfre

I guess Tim Tebow flew under your radar as well.
Nobody ever mentions his Faith, right L?

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

This is about a super athlete and his faith. It's a sad commentary that the two existing together is considered such a novelty. Good fortune to him and his family, Personal development involves both athletic and spiritual components. With his talent and heart - UNC, BYU, Duke, it doesn't matter.

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

LValfre

To those full of excitement to see a Mormon NBA prospect ... wow. You don't see Catholics, protestants, atheists, or any other group get so riled up when they have a potential superstar than the Mormons. In fact I don't even hear about their religion, just their athletic abilities. Is there desperation here for something?

It's the DNews and for byu fans it only happens about every 25 years that's why they get so excited.

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

Whatever happned to the media blackout proclaimed by his family? And even the dnews cant leave it alone. He is a kid, let him be a kid. Stop with all mission talk. This kid is potentially a wreck woth all the mormon pressure and his basketball talent. Leave him alone he is a kid, and mom and dad stand by your word with the media exposure -- you hae already had one failure with this.

Max
Charlotte, NC

Great interview and a great kid. It does bother me when JESUS CHRIST is left out of the name of the church. Those are two VERY important words and they are there for a very important reason. It states clearly and concisely exactly what we believe in.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@mightymite

Do you always speak before you think? This interview was filmed previous to the Parker's decision to end the media coverage by several weeks. It was only just now shown. You utah "fans" sure struggle with facts.

Wendall Hoop
Murray, UT

Yes Robroy you are right she has all cousins living in Utah lots played football at Utah and Byu. However I see the pint which is why all the Byu fans make a deal out of it like they know him Just cause he is Mormon.

BH
Tremonton, UT

Great to hear about such a tallented, yet also well balanced young man. Hope he keeps that humble attitude as he is blessed with success and the attention that will accompany it.

While I do agree that Katie Couric is a talented news reporter, I do find myself questioning why, if she is so talented, does she associate herself with a program like Good Morning America. Few can dispute that GMA is more about entertainment and less about news. I know no one, who is serious about staying informed on national and world events, that considers GMA a reliable source.

Perhaps Katie just likes human interest stories. In which case, if she is such a talented interviewer, this is such a waste of skills.

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

What an amazing kid! (with amazing parents I must add) No matter where he plays, I'm a big fan of his. Truly classy. Hopefully more of today's youth can follow his example of how to

CT98
Saint George, UT

Great interview to watch. Good publicity for the Church.

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