Irv­ing’s the­ory falls flat with ed­u­ca­tors

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY MATT BONESTEEL matt.bonesteel@wash­

Kyrie Irv­ing has been in the news a bunch lately, what with his al­leged de­sire to leave the Cleve­land Cava­liers via trade. But his opin­ions also are mak­ing waves in an en­tirely dif­fer­ent arena: mid­dle school class­rooms.

NPR’s Avi Wolf­man-Arent wrote a story this week about how teach­ers are bat­tling the on­slaught of fake news that is reach­ing their stu­dents and uses the ex­am­ple of mid­dle school teacher Nick Gurol, who said his stu­dents think the Earth is flat be­cause Irv­ing said so on a pod­cast.

“And im­me­di­ately I start to panic. How have I failed these kids so badly they think the Earth is flat just be­cause a bas­ket­ball player says it?” Gurol said in the ar­ti­cle.

“He says he tried rea­son­ing with the stu­dents and showed them a video. Noth­ing worked,” Wolf­man-Arent wrote.

If you re­call, Irv­ing made his flat-Earth claims in Fe­bru­ary on a pod­cast hosted by Cava­liers team­mates Richard Jef­fer­son and Chan­ning Frye, steer­ing a dis­cus­sion about whether aliens ex­ist to­ward more con­cep­tual mat­ters.

“The Earth is flat,” Irv­ing, who spent some time at Duke be­fore en­ter­ing the NBA draft, re­peated three times on the pod­cast.

“For what I’ve known for many years and what I’ve been taught is that the Earth is round, but 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?”

Irv­ing later was asked by ESPN’s Arash Markazi about whether he ac­tu­ally has seen a photo of the very round planet Earth.

“I’ve seen a lot of things,” Irv­ing replied.

In March, Irv­ing again went on the Jef­fer­son/Frye pod­cast to re­visit the is­sue, and he seemed to pat him­self on the back for start­ing a con­ver­sa­tion about a ques­tion that was defini­tively an­swered many, many cen­turies ago.

“And then you got all these sci­ence ex­perts, guys that have been study­ing the space, the Earth, every­thing for so many years,” Irv­ing said. “And I’m sit­ting back and I’m like, ‘Okay, the fact that, you know, that this is open­ing up con­ver­sa­tion, I’m happy with that.’ ”

Fast-for­ward a cou­ple of months, and Irv­ing ap­par­ently is be­liev­ing the the­o­ries that LeBron James will bolt from Cleve­land again and thus wants to beat him to the punch. That one might not be too far-fetched.

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