BYU basketball fans got their hearts ripped out yesterday when Chicago high-school phenom — and devout Latter-day Saint — Jabari Parker announced that he will be going to Duke next year.
I’m not a Mormon or a big BYU basketball fan, but I know apostasy when I see it. Seriously, Jabari, Duke? Not cool, man, not cool. In fact, recent biblical scholarship suggests that when Jesus said “the first shall be last,” he was actually talking to a small, weary band of Virginia basketball fans about Duke. And the best modern research on Joseph Smith has revealed that his searing hatred of Duke — he called it Babylon — prepared him to receive heavenly wisdom about the dangers of tobacco.
I know I’m not supposed to judge, Jabari, but really, I have to ask: will all the NCAA and NBA titles — the world-class education and all the joy, money, and fame — really be worth it? Did not a wise man once say, “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” It’s not too late to a choose a path of righteousness. It doesn’t have to lead to Provo, just anywhere, anywhere but Durham.