Kyrie Irving spends hours every week flying across the country, in full view of the curvature of planet Earth’s horizon.
But don’t tell the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard that it’s curved because Earth is round—because, per his appearance on two teammates’ podcast, Irving doesn’t believe Earth is flat.
“This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving said on Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s podcast, Road Trippin’. “The Earth is flat.”
Yup. One of the league’s premiere ball handlers and finishers at the guard spot is also a full-blown conspiracy theorist. He believes “particular groups” want the population to think Earth is round because … well, probably for a good reason?
“It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us,” said Irving, who spent a semester at Duke.
“What I’ve been taught is that the Earth is round. But if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move and the fact that, can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets?”
Jefferson couldn’t believe what he was hearing: “How are you going to put the word ‘planets’ in quotations?”
“Because, everything that they send—or that they want to say they’re sending—doesn’t come back,” Irving replied. “There is no concrete information except for the information that they’re giving us. They’re particularly putting you in the direction of what to believe and what not to believe. The truth is right there, you just got to go searching for it.”
I’m still holding out hope that this is all a hoax in an effort to promote Irving and Pepsi’s new Uncle Drew movie, but he sounds so damn sincere.
Denver Nuggets wing Wilson Chandler chimed in to agree on Twitter.
I agree with him https://t.co/lbB8gEHZsT
— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) February 17, 2017
Irving then doubled down on his comments during media availablity at All-Star Weekend.
And also expressed doubt in the existence of dinosaurs, something Los Angeles Rams defensive end William Hayes can get behind.
But the cherry on top of Irving’s ignorance sundae came through his proof of the existence of aliens: He’s seen them in movies before, so they’ve got to be real.
“The fact that they can make all these movies with alien descriptions, they’re not just going on strictly brainpower and this is just creative things that we’re going to put out to everybody,” he said. “For what? All to put an alien movie out, for what?”
Man, this guy is really lucky he’s so good at putting a basketball in a hoop.