The World Might Be Flat, Maybe

Kyrie Irving caused a huge stir back in February when he told his Cavaliers teammates that he believed that the world was flat. He accused scientists and researchers of not providing enough research and photos of the actual earth being round.  The whole thing drew a lot of attention, as Kyrie is professional athlete and conspiracy theories are taken pretty seriously, especially when formed as an accusation.

After some time in Boston, Kyrie gained support from his new teammates, like Jaylen Brown. However, the subject died down and it was publicized that Kyrie’s accusations were not a main concern of the athlete anymore. Some thought that the whole thing was just a publicity stunt or a joke, made to poke fun of the media for believing and analyzing every word of the high-profile figure. It was also suspected that since his original statements, Kyrie educated himself about the actual scientific research regarding the earth’s shape. Others though he was trying to promote research and get people to do their own scientific studies.

*Deep breath*

Okay, it’s over, right? The 6’3 point guard can get back to doing what Kyrie does, right? I mean, the Celtics are the first team in NBA history to begin a season 0-2 and win their next nine games. Kyrie really is making “winning time” out of the end of each game. Right? Come on, he scored 9 of the Celtics’ final 10 points in the last 2 minutes against the Heat to seal that victory. Not only is he getting those clutch baskets himself, but he’s setting up his teammates to get them the ball as well (admit it, you “oooo’d” at his nifty pass to Brown for that 3 against Orlando). Right?

Wrong.

The elementary school teacher in me can’t leave out this part of the story:

Recently on NPR (ew, I know) a middle school science teacher said that his students actually started to believe that the earth is flat. When he asked them why, they all responded that their favorite Celtics player, Kyrie Irving, said so. To make matters even worse, this teacher tried bringing in research and showing his students actual videos and photos from NASA space expeditions. The students accused him of being a part of a larger conspiracy, calling him a “round-Earther”.

To me, Kyrie made an absolute mockery of science. Whether it was intentional or unintentional, it happened, and Kyrie and I won’t be friends until he publicly clarifies so that these poor science teachers around Boston can stop being made fun of by their sports-loving students.

 

Nina Lee

 

Nina is a 20 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!

 

 

 

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3 responses to “The World Might Be Flat, Maybe

  1. I agree with you, and I think that this, unfortunately, is going to be a growing problem in today’s world as some celebrities, public figures, athletes, etc. are not being adequate role models for today’s youth; especially when they spread misinformation and pseudoscience in an era where already we have people in power who reject things that are universally accepted in the scientific community and the populace in general. I plan on becoming a high school teacher after I graduate college, and we need to teach them that the people that they look up to aren’t always right, nor are they reliable sources to get facts from. We also may need to teach how to get good sources earlier, especially in an age where we can live in a bubble and surround ourselves with the things we want to hear and believe in as true, and it’s dangerous; especially when what they believe could not be any further from the truth.

  2. Nice article, Nina! I think you’re making an important point. Celebrities of all kinds have such an influence over people’s ideologies/morals/preferences/etc, especially in today’s world where their voices are so accessible to everyone on social media–which, sadly, includes young children. Even though it’s hilarious on the surface level to someone like me that Kyrie thought that, I think it totally should’ve been addressed more seriously as he 1.) has influence over Americans 2.) can represent the science education gap that’s clearly still out there.

  3. You should check out the ringers’ recent piece on Kyrie, I think you’d find it complementary to yours. https://www.theringer.com/nba/2017/11/8/16620846/kyrie-irving-flat-earth-controversy

    I agree having a famous and admired person give false scientific information that children accept as gospel can be dangerous. However, there is value in making folks not necessarily believe everything they hear and read. The lesson then isn’t removing the conspiracy theory, but allowing children to learn to separate fact from fiction and identify credible sources.

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