Written by Hemant Mehta (Patheos)
In case you’re wondering what NBA star Kyrie Irving thinks about the shape of the planet, you’re in luck! He talked about it on the podcast Road Trippin’ with RJ and Channing around the 17:55 mark:
“This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving said. “The Earth is flat.”
When pressed on a response that, for the record, is flat out wrong, Irving went off the rails and blamed “particular groups” that he did not name which he thinks want to convince us the Earth is, in fact, round.
Said Irving: “It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.
“What I’ve been taught is that the earth is round. But if you really think about it from a landscape of 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?”
He said “planets” using large quotation marks (in person).
The whole explanation is odd, since science has perfectly reasonable explanations for how all of this works. And it’s not like Irving doesn’t have access to spheres… he plays basketball. Just make the ball bigger, Kyrie, and you’ll see how this works!
(Hey, kids: This is why college basketball players shouldn’t take the one-and-done route.)
Irving’s position is no different from what rapper B.o.B. said last year when he claimed through a series of tweets that the world had to be flat. When Neil deGrasse Tyson has to step in to correct your ignorance, you know you screwed up badly.
There’s a positive side to this story, though: While the rest of us are mocking him, the Creation Museum may have found its new spokesperson!