Please let this kid have a normal childhood. Before you know it he's going
to be receiving scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas, and every other college in
the nation. Furthermore, he is going to be projected to be the #1 pick in the
2029 NBA draft. This is why I don't like articles like this because it is
just going to build the kids hype and then basketball is going to be his life. I
hope the parents don't go overboard.
Why all the national news? Put it to rest DN!
I don't know what the big deal is. I can beat people twice my age as well.
Of course, I'm 51. Amazing story!
Indeed, BYU and Jazz Fan, most countries in the world have strict regulations to
protect children against this kind of publicity and potential exploitation. The
International Labour Organisation Report on child performers (which includes
athletes) warns: such children are at risk of exploitation, limited formal
education, physical and psychological harm, and the premature loss of innocence.
I think the U.S. is one of the few countries where there are virtually no legal
limits to what media and money can do with children. Also, stories like this
often entice parents to expect similar miracles from their children, with all
the drama too high expectations might provoke.