Kyrie Irving still won’t admit the Earth is round, which means he’s either the most persistent prankster ever or possesses an ignorance of science that would qualify him to serve in the Trump administration.
The Celtics point guard spoke with Geno Auriemma, head coach of the UConn women’s basketball team, on Auriemma’s “Holding Court” podcast last week. When asked about his apparent flat Earth beliefs, Irving said he’s simply raising questions.
“The whole intent behind it, Coach, it wasn’t to bash science,” he explained. “It wasn’t to like have the intent of starting a rage and be seen as this insane individual. When I started seeing comments and things about universal truths that I had known, like I had questions.
“When I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, not one real picture of Earth — and we haven’t been back to the moon since 1961 or 1969 — it becomes like conspiracy, too,” he said.
Irving first spouted the falsehood last February on Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s podcast, “Road Trippin’ with RJ and Channing.” When asked about his comments at the All-Star Break, Irving seemed to hint he was trying to play the media.
“The fact that that could be news all over the world just shows you how it is,” Irving told 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.”
But eight months later, Irving, who’s vowed to finish his degree at Duke University, still isn’t disavowing his falsehood. The maddening mystery continues.
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