Kyrie Irving almost certainly doesn’t think the earth is flat
Kyrie Irving almost certainly doesn’t believe the earth is flat. So stop with the bad jokes right now.
The new Celtics point guard, who’s vowed to finish his degree at Duke University, generated headlines last season when he doubted scientific fact. “This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving told former Cavaliers teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye on the “Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing” podcast. “The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. … It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”
When first asked about his comments at the All-Star Break, Irving reiterated his claims. He explained his reasoning the following day, implying he pulled the apparent stunt to expose the news media’s superficiality.
“The fact that that could be news all over the world just shows you how it is,” Irving said to reporters, per ESPN. “The fact that it’s a social phenomenon –– ‘Kyrie thinks the world is flat’ –– is hilarious to me. … That it could actually be news.
“I think that there’s just so much, I guess –– I don’t know if you can even call it news –– there are so many real things going on, actual, like, things that are going on that’s changing the shape, the way of our lives. And I think it sometimes gets skewed because of who we are in the basketball world, and, ‘Oh man, what does he actually think? Oh, no, I don’t like hearing … the world is flat, or he thinks the world can’t be round.’”
The gold medalist and NBA champion went on to talk about the media’s penchant to report breathlessly on any statement made by a famous person, regardless of whether the claim is based in fact.
“You know, I know the science, I know everything possible –– not everything possible –– but the fact that that actually could be real news, that people are actually asking me that –– ‘It’s a social phenomenon. What do you think about it? Are you going to try to protect your image?’ I mean, it really doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t matter. The fact that it’s a conversation? I’m glad that it got people talking like this: ‘Kyrie actually thinks the world is flat,’” he explained.
The whole exercise seemed to jab at President Donald Trump, who’s belittled the “fake news media” while lying more than 1,000 times since his term started in January. Or, at least, that’s how commissioner Adam Silver interpreted it.
“As he made clear today, he was trying to be provocative, and I think it was effective,” Silver said at the All-Star Break. “A larger commentary on the so-called fake news debate in our society right now in terms of what’s reported, and it led to an interesting conversation.”
The fact that Irving’s falsehood is still getting passed around six months later kind of proves his point.
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