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Tuesday’s Mashup: Kyrie Irving apologizes to science teachers for flat-Earth theory

Lucy Burdge
October 02, 2018 - 7:33 am

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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA Preseason: Cleveland vs. Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA Preseason: Denver vs. Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- While speaking at the Forbes Under 30 summit in Boston on Monday, Kyrie Irving apologized to science teachers for perpetuating the flat-Earth theory.

He said he didn’t realize speaking about his belief, real or not, would have such an effect on education.

"To all the science teachers, everybody coming up to me like, 'You know I've got to reteach my whole curriculum?' I'm sorry," Irving said. "I apologize. I apologize."

He now realizes theories like this are best kept in "intimate conversations."

The issue began in February 2017 when he explained his theory that the Earth is flat on a podcast released shortly before shortly before All-Star weekend that year.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who went to Duke just like Irving did, even weighed in on what became a huge story.

"Kyrie and I went to the same college," Silver said then. "He may have taken some different courses."

"At the time, I was like huge into conspiracies," Irving said on Monday. "And everybody's been there."

-- Donald Trump paid tribute to newly-retired Mets captain David Wright in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday.

Trump called Wright, who played the final game of his career with the Mets on Saturday, a “friend” and said they have golfed together.

“I’ve always been a big David Wright fan,” the president said. “You are a spectacular man and a great baseball player, tremendous hitter, tremendous fielder and a winner.”

“Have a terrific life,” Trump continued. “I’ll be seeing you along the journey. Take care of yourself. We’re very proud of you.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Yeah. I haven’t tried in a while, but I think I can. Maybe I’ll put that on my Instagram one day. Try to see if I could do that." -- Tom Brady, when asked by reporters if he can dunk

 

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