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During a recent podcast interview with a couple of his teammates, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard let slip that he thinks the earth is flat. As SB Nation wrote, “He goes on to call out ‘particular groups’ that ‘provide education’ that allows the masses to accept this as fact. The only thing is that Irving doesn’t really expand on who are these particular groups adamantly indoctrinating adults and children everywhere.”
But does Irvin truly believe (along with apparently hundreds of others) that the earth is not round? Is he really going to get in the same camp as rapper B.o.B ? Is he really all about that 15th century mindset?
It’s hard to tell if Irving is serious, considering he’s laughing for part of his interview. And this aside about dinosaurs also seems like he’s playing a joke.
So, what are we to make of this? Is Irving feeding into the media’s obsession with this apparent post-fact world in which we’re living? Is he trying to get us to think critically about an issue, even though this particular debate has been settled for hundreds of years? Nobody seems to know for sure. But the internet certainly has enjoyed discussing it.
Now I think Kyrie Irving has even sicker handles because this whole time he’s been dribbling a flat ball.
— Sean Kent (@seankent) February 18, 2017
[whenever Kyrie Irving has a lackluster effort for the rest of time] Kyrie’s performance has been … flat
— Dave Lozo (@davelozo) February 18, 2017
People: “the earth is flat”
Science: “actually nah”
People: “okay fine it’s round”
*450 years later*
Kyrie Irving & B.o.B: “WELL ACTUALLY”
— Kyle Madson (@KyleAMadson) February 18, 2017
Kyrie Irving just showed some real Secretary of Education potential
— Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) February 18, 2017
Either way, Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler is on board with Irving’s way of thinking.
So, what do we do now? Luckily, the answer is obvious. Now, we must wait for Neil Degrasse Tyson to respond. He might be our only hope.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.