Duke University might be a fine academic institution, but their athletes apparently don’t learn shit.
Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick had fellow former Blue Devils star and current leading flat-Earth conspiracy theorist Kyrie Irving on his podcast, and Redick joined Irving in doubting hundreds of years of science—this time on the subject of dinosaurs.
At least he preceded his doubt with, “I’m wrong on this. I know I’m wrong on this,” before continuing:
But I’m not entirely convinced dinosaurs existed. Im not. I’ve come across some weird websites in my Google searches. For instance, the word dinosaur. It didn’t exist until like 1842. There was no word for dinosaur. And then all of a sudden in the next 15-20 years, after a British scientist comes up with this word dinosaur and describes it in a medical journal, people started finding fossils. And I’m thinking to myself alright, humans we’ve been here since 10,000 BC. We’ve been roaming the earth, we’ve had multiple empires all over the world … and all that time we didn’t find any fossils until 150 years ago? It makes you think!
Irving agreed with Redick, probably nodding in a very much woke manner that’d make Neil deGrasse Tyson’s head explode.
Somehow, Redick then doubted the circumstances of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, referring to the widely debunked documentary “Loose Change.”
“Have you seen “Loose Change”? That’s an hour-long documentary on 9/11. It’s certainly thought-provoking,” Redick said. “I don’t necessarily think 9/11 was an inside job but there’s some things that I question. But I question a lot of things. I think that’s good to question a lot of things.”
The best part: Before they started comparing conspiracy-theory notes, Irving all but admitted he’d been suckered into his flat-Earth thoughts by Instagram videos, which, the Boston Celtics point guard apparently doesn’t know, can be created by anyone.
“I had been watching a whole bunch of Instagram videos—meaning like I had specific pages on Instagram that were ‘the truth given to you’ and videos like ‘this is the flat Earth and the horizon evens out only on the flat Earth’ and I didn’t do as much research as I (should have) to say something like that. And if you think about the actual intent behind it was: Do your own research.”
Tell Kyrie basically anything and he’ll strongly consider it, especially if you have a visual aid.