"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," Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving recently insisted on an episode of his teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye's podcast, Road Trippin'.
He reiterated those beliefs to ESPN's Arash Markazi on Friday.
"I think people should do their own research, man," said Kyrie. "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."
Kyrie Irving not only believes the Earth is flat but that the jury is still out on what dinosaurs actually looked like. pic.twitter.com/0lkra9gPE3— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 18, 2017
Ummmm, Kyrie, you hope that people will do their research and back your belief?
Let's file this under athletes and sports figures, and when keeping it dumb goes wrong. Kyrie ain't the first, nor will he be the last, to be doing the most when it comes to opening is mouth up to say some head-scratching stuff.
He joins en ever-growing list of some nonsensical stuff to leak out of some questionable sports brains.
Just because someone in the sports realm is great at what they do does not mean that they're qualified to speak with intelligence on any topic of their choosing.
Here's a list of some of the dumbest things that accomplished athletes and sports figures have ever uttered, of which Kyrie is now a card-carrying member.
"I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father." - Greg Norman
"Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win." -Doug Collins
"My career was sputtering until I did a 360 and got headed in the right direction." - Tracy McGrady
"Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10." - Dennis Rodman
"I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt." - Chuck Nevitt
"When he runs, he moves faster." - John Madden
"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." - Joe Theismann
"I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid." - Terry Bradshaw
"I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that." - Jerry Rice
"Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing—but none of them serious." - Alan Minter
"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body."- Winston Bennett
"I've had to overcome a lot of diversity." - Drew Gooden
"There is one word in America that says it all, and that word is, 'You never know.'" - Joaquin Andujar
"That picture was taken out of context." - Jeff Innis
Earlier today, prior to participating in the Three-Point shooting contest, Kyrie may have given further proof why he only completed one semester at Duke, and perhaps leaving early to go in the NBA Draft wasn't the only reason.
"I think that there's just so much, I guess -- I don't know if you can even call it news -- there are so many real things going on, actual, like, things that are going on that's changing the shape, the way of our lives. And I think it sometimes gets skewed because of who we are in the basketball world, and, 'Oh man, what does he actually think? Oh, no, I don't like hearing ... the world is flat, or he thinks the world can't be round.'
"You know, I know the science, I know everything possible -- not everything possible -- but the fact that that actually could be real news, that people are actually asking me that -- 'It's a social phenomenon. What do you think about it? Are you going to try to protect your image?' I mean, it really doesn't matter. It really doesn't matter. The fact that it's a conversation? I'm glad that it got people talking like this: 'Kyrie actually thinks the world is flat.'"
Well, there you have it. Kyrie knows the science. He knows everything possible. Well, evidently, not everything possible.