Basketball Superstar Apologizes For Spreading Absurd Conspiracy Theory. Here’s What He Said [WATCH]
Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving issued a blanket apology for spreading flat-Earth conspiracy theories over a year ago, hopefully ending the controversy once and for all.
The 26-year-old point guard, who we know has at least been partially educated at Duke University, began spreading the conspiracy theory that the earth is flat in February 2017, then again in September. (RELATED: KYRIE IRVING HAS FIRED UP THE FLAT EARTH CROWD AGAIN)
“The earth is flat,” he told the Road Trippin’ podcast. “I think you need to do research on it. It’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us. If you really think about it from a landscape — of the way we move — can you really think of us rotating around the sun?”
Since we’re in an age of post-truth, nobody really cared and this didn’t cause a stir at all.
Just kidding. It dominated the NBA news cycle and Irving pretty much came to be known as the flat-Earth guy.
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Since a bunch of other NBA players got in on the conspiracy, young impressionable kids started believing the earth was flat, and one middle school teacher complained that he had to re-teach his students common knowledge about earth science.
So, in an open forum at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, Irving finally let go of the conspiracy.
— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) October 1, 2018
Irving expressed regret for the confusion, claiming he was “definitely, at the time, a big conspiracy theorist,” and suggesting “everybody’s been there.”
“I’m sorry about all of that,” Irving said. “For all the science teachers, for everybody coming up to me like, ‘I have to re-teach my whole curriculum!’ I’m sorry. I apologize.”
I’m just glad we can finally put this all to rest and move on with our lives and focus on the real issues, like Justin Bieber’s prenup-less marriage.