NBA All-Star Apologizes for Saying the Earth is Flat

NBA All-Star Apologizes for Saying the Earth is Flat October 9, 2018
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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.

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:

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    Well, technically not a ‘globe’ its a bit fat in the middle and a bit flat at top and bottom.

  • ildi

    Obligatory link: https://chem.tufts.edu/answersinscience/relativityofwrong.htm

    My answer to him was, “John, when people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.”

  • ianeymeaney

    As a Celtics fan who rocks his Bird jersey to Dropkicks concerts, that was the most embarrassed I have been since the Rick Pitino (Rot In Pieces) era when he forced out Red Auerbach.

  • Yes, As I was reading about it, I thought -“well this is a distraction”

  • mfm420

    if he sucks this year, maybe a group of fans can rent a billboard next to the arena, put up a picture of kyrie holding a basketball with the caption:

    “kyrie thinks this is flat”

  • William

    “Everybody’s been there”? My first reaction is “hell no”; but if I’m honest, there was a time — when I was about 12 or 13 — when, although I was into science, I wasn’t yet totally clear on the line between fantasy and reality. I embraced more than a few nutty ideas back then.

    But never the Flat Earth. That one’s just stupid.

    (Hollow Earth, on the other hand…)

  • OMG! this is absolutely brilliant!

  • Yeah, I have fallen down the rabbit hole too. I was pretty skeptical of medicine, science, food, etc. I just thought there was this effort to keep us unhealthy. Now, I realize that is another big business. the organic business tells you those things to trick you to pay 4x more for the same shit. I have more money and my sanity now 😉

  • My hovercraft is full of eels

    Very religious = Very stupid

  • sometimes yes!

  • Hmmm? Indeed the Earth is an oblate spheroid. The question is why is it this shape, and for this brief discussion let’s call it a sphere. It is oblate because of the oceans and its sufficiently rapid rotation.
    Any celestial body more than a few hundred miles in a given direction will assume the shape of a sphere. Any such body for a given volume will assume the shape with the minimum surface area, which happens to be a sphere. This is simple geometry and it will also require the minimum energy to assume that shape. Any body with less than a few hundred miles in a given direction will assume the approximate shape of a potato. This process is the way the universe works and is unavoidable.

  • A rented flat is a place to stay until one gets around to buying a house. It is possible to go ‘all the way’ with a Globe House:

    http://www.worldfortravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Globe-House-Netherland.jpg

  • Kerry Wells

    I experienced Jesus as the consciousness of the Sun

    I wrote a free ebook about my experiences and the ebook is also available on blogger, links are below,

    link to my free ebook, “Messages from the Sun God, Jesus Christ” http://www.mediafire.com/file/riox16d87g86626/Messages_10.pdf/file

    link to the ebook on blogger: https://messagesftsg.blogspot.com

    blog: http://www.jesuschristsungod.com