Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics made waves earlier this year when he admitted he believed in numerous conspiracy theories. In a podcast with teammates in January 2018, Irving admitted to being a flat-earther. The media went wild with Irving’s statements. Irving admitted he learned about the Earth being flat, chemtrails, and other conspiracies on Instagram. Last week at an event for Forbes Under 30 summit, Irving apologized for the comments.
Irving’s statements appeared on the podcast Road Trippin’ at the beginning of 2018. He told teammate JJ Reddick that he believed the earth was flat. Numerous reports came out to challenge Irving on his outlandish claims. A professor from Duke’s astronomy department even invited Irving to sit in on one of his classes.
When the NBA All-Star game was hosted in February, Irving continued to support his belief in the flat earth conspiracy theory. A fellow NBA star, Stephen Jackson, crashed Irving’s press conference at the All-Star game spinning a small globe in his hands.
Stephen Jackson stole the show at NBA All-Star media day by spinning a globe in Kyrie’s face ��
— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) February 17, 2018
After months of refusing to backpedal on the claims, Irving finally apologized for his statements. In an on-stage interview at Forbes Under 30 Summit, Irving was asked about his flat earth claims.
Irving admitted that he made the statements during a time when he was big into conspiracies. He wanted to clear it up for good. He said,
“What you say, what you do, and how you mean it – 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?!” … At the time, you’re like innocent in it, but you realize the effect of the power of voice.
Even if you believe in that, just don’t come out and say that stuff – it’s for intimate conversations because of perception while you’re received changes. I’m actually a smart-ass individual … At the time, I just didn’t realize the effect … I’m sorry about all that.”
He went on to apologize to science teachers for the confusion he caused them. However, an interesting component in his statement is he did not outwardly say that he no longer believed the earth is flat.
Flat earth believers are all over social media. A quick search on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook will take you to dozens of groups and people that believe the conspiracy theory. A survey completed by YouGov earlier this year found that 33% of Millenials weren’t sure if the earth was a globe.Not surprisingly the survey found that religion played a huge role in an individual’s denial that the earth is a globe. Over 52% of people that believed the earth is flat identify as “very religious.”
We hope that Irving will formally denounce his beliefs in the flat earth conspiracy theory. For now, he has apologized for the comments.
If only we could get Christian flat-earthers to actually believe in science. Then the flat earth debate could formally be put to rest.
Watch his statement below:
— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) October 1, 2018