Kyrie Irving isn't buying into the "theory" of Earth being round, the solar system or any of that supposed nonsense.
The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard asserted Thursday that he believes in the extremely shaky, internet meme-based evidence suggesting that a nonspecific "they" have been lying to the public about the Earth's shape for centuries.
"The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat," Irving insisted.
While on a flight en route to All-Star Weekend 2017, Irving sat with teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye to record an episode of their podcast, Road Trippin' with R.J. & Channing.
When the topic of extraterrestrial life came up, Irving confirmed he believes there are aliens and delved into his tinfoil-hat theories on a grand cover-up (around the 15-minute mark):
I'm telling you, it's right in front of our faces. They lie to us.
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.
Kyrie stuck to his guns and had no problem defending his statements when ESPN's Arash Markazi asked him about them:
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Kyrie Irving was trending on Twitter today because he believes the Earth is flat. I asked him about it. https://t.co/ODe9aP9qmK2/18/2017, 1:57:18 AM
UPDATE: Saturday, February 18 at 2:20 p.m. by Andrew Gould
LeBron James didn't co-sign Irving's false beliefs during Saturday's media session, per Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver. But he also supported his teammate while not quite understanding how facts work:
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
LeBron James: "Kyrie is my little brother... If he decides the earth is flat, that's ok." https://t.co/UjiyVGG1uw2/18/2017, 7:07:11 PM
lebron interrupts his interview to ask kyrie if the earth is flat https://t.co/Z7rjtZH52p2/18/2017, 7:23:23 PM
Courtesy of NBAYY, James then sought confirmation from Irving, who reiterated his claim:
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Draymond Green defending Kyrie's flat-earth theory, sort of: "I'm not saying I think it's flat. I don't know. But it could be."2/18/2017, 6:32:28 PM
Perhaps hitting a game-winning shot in Game 7 of last year's NBA Finals earned Irving some leeway in the eyes of King James.
UPDATE: Saturday, February 18 at 7:40 p.m. by Rivea Ruff
Meanwhile, Draymond Green also backed up Irving's claims...sort of.
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Adam Silver on Kyrie Irving's flat Earth comments: "Kyrie and I went to the same colleg... we may have taken different classes"2/19/2017, 12:31:14 AM
Looks like Green was inspired to "open his eyes" by Irving's claims. But as for NBA commissioner Adam Silver...not so much.