In Kyrie Irving, the Celtics are getting a proven all-star and a world-class conspiracy theorist.
By now, you probably know that Irving (inset) believes Earth is flat, but he’s also of the opinion that the Federal Reserve played a role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and that the CIA tried to kill reggae star Bob Marley.
The Celtics’ new point guard expressed these unorthodox — some might say silly — views in a podcast last year with fellow NBA players Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye. His comments about Earth being flat attracted the most attention. Here’s what he said:
“Anything that you have a particular question on, OK — Is the earth flat or round? — I think you need to do research on it. Ultimately . . . it’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.
“For what I’ve known for as many years and what I’ve been taught is that the earth is round, but I mean if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move and the fact that — can you really think of us rotating around the sun, and all planets align, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these ‘planets’ and stuff like this?’’
Something tells us Irving didn’t take a lot of science during the year he attended Duke University.
In the same podcast, Irving said he thinks JFK was assassinated because he wanted to “end the bank cartel in the world,” a theory famously floated by Jim Marrs in his book “Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy.” Marrs concluded that Kennedy was killed because he wanted to reduce the influence of the Federal Reserve Bank.
And about Bob Marley, Irving said the CIA had tried to hire Jamaicans to kill the singer. Why?
“[Marley] tried to bring people together and the fact that it was fundamentally built on love and truth and we kill people for doing the right thing like that,” Irving said.