Kyrie Irving is officially done discussing the shape of planet Earth. In June, Irving admitted to the New York Times that he’s not exactly sure if the Earth is round or flat, but he’s now pulling back on the theory altogether and issuing a public apology.
When asked about the topic during Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in Boston Monday (Oct. 1), Irving distanced himself from flat-Earth conspiracy theorist and virtually abandoned the very belief that he championed, along with Shaquille O’Neal and B.O.B.
Looking back, Irving said that he realizes that some things are better left unsaid. “At the time, I was like huge into conspiracies. Everybody’s been there,” he explained as the crowd laughed in agreement.
“Even if you believe in that don’t come out and say that stuff. That’s for intimate conversations,” noted the NBA star who said that his flat-Earth comments made him look bad. “I’m actually a smart a** individual. It’s not like I was just coming out and saying [the earth is flat]…I just didn’t realize the effects of saying that.”
Irving threw in another lighthearted apology for science teachers. “To all the science teachers, everybody coming up to me like, ‘You know I’ve got to reteach my whole curriculum?’ I’m sorry,” he said amid more laughter. “I apologize. I apologize.”
Check below for Irving’s full statement on the flat-Earth theory.
“I’m sorry about all that.” 🌍😂
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 1, 2018