Kyrie Irving has an explanation for this flat-Earth theory: Have you ever really seen an authentic picture of our home planet?
During an appearance on the Holding Court podcast with UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma this past week, the Boston Celtics point guard offered a more in-depth explanation for why he ended up questioning spherical-Earth truthers (h/t Boston.com’s h/t Nicole Yang and Bleacher Report):
“The whole intent behind it, Coach, it wasn’t to bash science. 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.”
Okay, I’m going to be real with you: I have no freaking idea what this means.
Does Irving still believe the Earth is flat? Does he simply not believe it’s round? Like, does he think it might be a cube? Or a hexogram? Something else? Or is he merely explaining why he antagonized conventionalists to begin with?
I’m rolling with the last option, for no other reason than I have a gut feeling. It seems like Irving might take pleasure in leading us all astray, perhaps as a harbinger of power he has over the media.
And, well, if that’s the case, he’s doing his job. Here we are, once again, talking about his thoughts on the shape of our home planet, because this is 2017, and we care about such sentiments, real or contrived, being expressed by our NBA stars.