Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds to Kyrie Irving's Flat Earth Claims

World's most famous astrophysicist corrects NBA superstar's claims

Credit: Katie Kramer/Getty, Ronald Martinez/Getty

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Kyrie Irving was recently the talk of social media leading up to the NBA All-Star Game for sharing his belief that the earth is flat on the "Road Trippin' with RJ & Channing" podcast. Irving, who spent one year at Duke before being drafted with the number one pick in 2011, then doubled down on his belief in an interview with ESPN – "I've seen a lot of things that my educational system said was real and turned out to be completely fake" – before an astronomy professor from his alma mater and Bill Nye the Science Guy gave their two cents.

Now it's time for Neil deGrasse Tyson, a man who was named as one of the 10 most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008, to weigh in on Irving's theory. While chatting with TMZ, Tyson said in the nicest way possible he has no problem with Irving believing the earth is flat as long as he sticks to his day job as a killer of dreams in the basketball realm.

"Let me be blunt," Tyson said in an interview with TMZ. "We live in a free country, so you ought to be able to think and say whatever you want. If he wants to think earth is flat, go right ahead – as long as he continues to play basketball and not become head of any space agencies. My point is if you have certain limitations of understanding of the natural world, stay away from jobs that require that."

Tyson then suggested we launch everyone who is on the same page as Irving into space and only allow them back once they all agree they were wrong. The Golden State Warriors would probably sign off on that idea as long as the expedition takes place in the first couple weeks of June.