It’s rare for sportsmen and women to weigh in on the world of science, but basketball player Kyrie Irving’s thoughts have raised more than a few eyebrows.
This is because the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard holds a pretty unusual opinion: he believes the world is flat.
His beliefs came out when he was featured on the RJ & Channing podcast run by his teammates. He said: “This is not even a conspiracy theory. 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.”
As you can imagine, people are pretty baffled by this viewpoint.
When you hear Kyrie Irving say "The Earth is flat"... pic.twitter.com/WfUTSlAuPu— FanDuel (@FanDuel) February 17, 2017
On this all-star weekend don't forget that Kyrie Irving believes that the Earth is flat— David Smith (@Davidsfacebook) February 18, 2017
Controversial stance here, but a public figure with an audience of millions promoting anti-science gibberish is actually bad— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) February 18, 2017
And as in all good news stories, Irving soon became a meme.
Kyrie Irving sitting on a very flat chair. pic.twitter.com/6iFqrsGOts— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) February 18, 2017
Everything is flat to Kyrie Irving, even the balls 🌏 pic.twitter.com/tlp3rk3Zyr— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 19, 2017
Although Irving’s teammate LeBron James doesn’t necessarily agree with his stance, he did jump to Irving’s defence.
LeBron James: "Kyrie is my little brother... If he decides the earth is flat, that's ok." pic.twitter.com/UjiyVGG1uw— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 18, 2017
Don’t worry about Irving, because he seems remarkably unfazed by the Twitterstorm that he’s created.
Kyrie Irving was trending on Twitter today because he believes the Earth is flat. I asked him about it. pic.twitter.com/ODe9aP9qmK— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 18, 2017
And hey – it’s not all bemusement, because some people actually agree with him.
On behalf of the flat earth society I'd like to welcome brother kyrie Irving— G.I. Jordan (@jordan_moore4) February 18, 2017
This is by no means the only revelation from the podcast that got people talking. It turns out that Irving also believes in aliens and thinks that the CIA killed Bob Marley.