WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kyrie Irving admitted that he falsely claimed that the Earth was flat.
- The NBA player said that he was big into conspiracy theories at the time and was overwhelmed with all the ‘out-of-this-world’ info about the planet.
- Irving apologized on Monday, saying he didn’t know the impact his comments would have.
Kyrie Irving apologized for claiming that the Earth was flat, blaming “being into conspiracy theories” for his embarrassing comments.
During the NBA All-Star weekend in February last year, the Boston Celtics point guard waded into the topic while appearing on the Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing podcast. The show featured Irving and Cleveland teammates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson.
‘This is not even a conspiracy,” Irving adamantly said in his appearance as episode guest.
“The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat,” Irving stated repeatedly. “All these things that particular groups, I won’t even pinpoint one group, that they almost offer up this education […] they lie to us.
The NBA star backed his statement by explaining that “the way we travel, the way we move, and the fact that—can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets?”
Talking to the Forbes Under30 Summit in Boston on Monday, Irving admitted that he misjudged the impact of his comments. He has been criticized by science teachers who blame him for having to “re-teach the whole curriculum.”
“At the time, you’re like innocent in it, but you realize the effect of the power of voice,” he recounted, according to Reuters. “I’m sorry about all that.”
“At the time, I was huge into conspiracies. Everybody’s been there. Everybody’s been there like, ‘Whoa! What’s going on with our world?”
In an interview with The New York Times last June, Irving refused to answer when asked if he earnestly believed that the earth is flat.
“I wanted to open up the conversation, like, ‘Hey man, do your own research for what you want to believe in,’” Irving told the reporter. “Our educational system is flawed. History has been changed throughout so much time.”
When he was informed that his self-promotion of “flat earth” persuaded kids to embrace the reinvigorated theory, the basketball star played coy.
“Can you openly admit that you know the Earth is constitutionally round?” he questioned the reporter.
“Like, you know that for sure?… I was never trying to convince anyone that the world is flat. I’m not being an advocate for the world being completely flat… I really don’t. It’s fun to think about though.”