NBA star Kyrie Irving walked back on comments he made publicly saying the Earth is flat.
Irving, who was in Boston on Monday at the Forbes Under 30 summit, said he was “sorry” for the remarks and didn’t realize how his words would affect others.
“To all the science teachers, everybody coming up to me like, ‘You know I’ve got to reteach my whole curriculum?’ I’m sorry,” said Irving. “I apologize. I apologize.”
In February 2017, Irving was on a podcast and questioned whether the Earth was flat. He initially said he made the comments to start a conversation on how stories can go viral, but he later said he wasn’t sure if the Earth was round, according to the Associated Press.
“I do research on both sides,” Irving told The New York Times in June. “I’m not against anyone that thinks the Earth is round. I’m not against anyone that thinks it’s flat. I just love hearing the debate.”
At the summit, he chalked up his words to his interest in conspiracy theories.
“At the time, I was like huge into conspiracies,” Irving said. “And everybody’s been there.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.