Kyrie Irving claims the Earth is actually flat, and Draymond Green responds
There’s a lot to unpack here, and every bit is enough to make your head spin.
It all started on Friday, when Reddit pointed out Kyrie Irving believes the Earth is flat. You know, as one does.
That claim comes courtesy of an appearance from Irving on Channing Frye’s and Richard Jefferson’s podcast, because apparently Jefferson is trying to conquer all media. During their discussion, Irving earnestly, incorrectly, and bafflingly states the Earth is not a sphere (via ESPN.com):
“This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving said. “The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat.
“It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”
(Disclaimer: I don’t believe anyone in this article believes anything they’re saying. This universe is trolling us. I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THIS FOR MY SANITY. Sorry. Let’s continue.)
On Friday night at the NBA’s All-Star festivities in New Orleans, ESPN’s Arash Markazi caught up with Irving … who doubled down on his claims.
“I think people should do their own research, man,” Irving told ESPN. “Hopefully they’ll either back my belief or they’ll throw it in the water. But I think it’s interesting for people to find out on their own.
“I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system has said that was real that turned out to be completely fake. I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts.”
I won’t try to defend Irving’s claims. He’s flat-out wrong, and as a role model, voicing this view is kind of dangerous. There are kids out there listening to this nonsense who are going to parrot it at school and at home.
And therein lies the crux of the issue for my bleeding heart — the people really affected by Irving’s comments are the parents and the teachers of those hypothetical children of strawmen. This could even offer a teachable moment in the best of circumstances. Irving’s urging people to think critically, and you can show your kids how they themselves can easily disprove this ridiculous notion we put to bed hundreds of years ago.
Unfortunately, given the overburdened state of education in a growing segment of the country, that’s probably a pipe dream. Dammit, Kyrie. Think of the children!
Then there’s Draymond Green, who decided to keep this conversation going with his answer at All-Star practice on Saturday. Surely we could trust Green to turn this into a Cavs/Warriors thing and poke at Irving’s (apparent and supposed) ignorance — except he didn’t take the bait for trash talk, instead supporting Irving’s right to his opinion:
Uh oh: Draymond is a Flat Earth/Kyrie Truther. pic.twitter.com/icJThyG7hx
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) February 18, 2017
UPDATE (Feb. 18, 2:50 PM ET): Irving was asked about his stance yet again on Saturday, and he gave a non-answer about the state of the news media which might indicate he was trolling in the first place — or might not. I’m not sure anymore.
I'd say Kyrie Irving makes it pretty clear here he's aware of the actual shape of the world, discusses the state of news today. pic.twitter.com/4lPH31Wshz
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 18, 2017
I tap out. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go use a children’s toy to prove the Earth is round:
I hate 2017. Please stress the importance of education.