Kyrie Irving is an award-winning basketball player, but he’s also famous for making dubious comments off the court. On Thursday, the NBA star, who has touted multiple conspiracy theories in the past, released a decades-old one video clip of far-right talk show host Alex Jones, who rants about a “New World Order”.
Since the pandemic began, the Brooklyn Nets player has had his thoughts on COVID-19 reeling. In the video he posted to Instagram, a young Jones warns viewers about the government’s alleged plan, “[become] God, basically when it comes to your health. And then, by unleashing diseases, viruses, and plagues on us, we’re basically being shoved into their system.”
Many have criticized Irving for his controversial thoughts on the COVID vaccine and for allegedly promoting health misinformation amid the pandemic. Last year, latestpagenews.com reported he was sidelined by the Nets for refusing to get the jab.
Irving may believe far-fetched theories about COVID, but he’s peddled many other conspiracies as well. Here’s a look at the NBA player’s personal story, as well as some of his more unconventional views.
Irving has spoken out against what he says may be inaccurate depictions of dinosaurs. He said during a 2017 interview that experts “find a bone and make 98 percent of it digitally” to “create images of what they’re thinking.” [dinosaurs] Should look like.”
In a 2017 article, Irving said he believed President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 because he was trying to “end the banking cartel in the world.” The Boston Globe reported. He claimed the Federal Reserve played a role in the conspiracy, adding that he thought the CIA was trying to hire Jamaicans to kill reggae music legend Bob Marley.
Irving revealed during a podcast that same year that he believes the earth is not round.
“The earth is flat,” he said, according to ESPN. “The earth is flat… It’s right in front of our faces.”
But months later he appeared to be trying to retract the bold claim, saying instead he wanted to encourage people “to do.” [their] own research” about the shape of our planet, latestpagenews.com reported at the time.
“Our education system is flawed,” Irving continued. “The story has changed over time.”
Irving has resisted the idea that he is anti-vaccination, despite refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Still, some far-right activists have rallied behind him thanks to his comments on vaccination orders.
In 2016, the NBA baller also publicly supported Standing Rock’s water conservationists in their protest against the construction of a pipeline.
“My prayers and thoughts are with everyone protesting at Standing Rock,” Irving tweeted November 2016. “I’m with you all.”
In addition to his basketball skills, Irving plays baritone sax and once starred in “his high school play,” according to Cleveland.com.. He also likes to read, dance and sing.
Irving has one daughter, Azurie Elizabeth, who was born in 2015. He is an official member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
The basketball virtuoso has also reportedly switched to a plant-based diet. And last year he spoke openly about observing Ramadan.
“For me, in terms of my beliefs and what I believe in, being part of the Muslim community, being committed to Islam and also just being committed to all races and cultures, religions, just having understanding and respect,” he said he , accordingly Yahoo! Sports. “I just want to set that as a basis.”
latestpagenews.com reached out to an Irving representative for comment.