Jabari Parker, the No. 2 ranked senior out of Chicago, said Friday his decision to commit to Duke has lead to some people harassing him on Twitter.
“I think I’m getting more tweets…Fans are just now giving me a hard time. They sometimes just forget I’m a kid,” says Parker.
Although Parker was heavily criticized for his decision he wasn’t worried or affected by the comments.
“Real hateful stuff. it’s no problem, though. I know it comes with the territory, and it’s just going to make me stronger,” says Parker.
Among the number of direct mentions at Parker’s Twitter account on Thursday, some couldn’t stop insulting the young teen:
“Ur a loser, Have fun not having a pro career after duke #dukesucks #UNC,” says a member of Twitter.
“committing to duke???youra joke. UNC is where it’s at…..Hope you never get to the league,” says another member of Twitter.
“Ungodly amounts of respect lost for @JabariParker22 tonight…Duke? Seriously?” says another member of Twitter.
Many tweets contained similar comments, but contained vulgar language.
The Chicago-native, who had 34,175 Twitter followers as of Friday, put out his own message at about 11 p.m. Thursday after seeing what others were writing about him.
Parker tweeted: “trying to grow up fast Act with a lot of class. I want to be respectful ALL the time. Sometimes people forget I’m 17#striveforcharacter,” says a member of Twitter.