By Ryan Decker
Over the last year, athletes have taken public stands on many various issues, including important topics like race and politics, issues in their own sport, and more recently issues in the scientific community.
Last week NBA star point guard Kyrie Irving admitted that he believes that the earth is flat.
If you think that’s bad, things got even weirder Monday, when former major league outfielder Jose Canseco sent out a series of tweets saying that humans need to be on the look out for a robot takeover.
I wish I were making this up.
So if you’re one of the 513,000 people that follow Canseco on Twitter, or are friends with someone who does, you probably heard about this Monday.
There’s this, whatever you call Canseco’s tweet, which started off a string of tweets from the former outfielder about a robot uprising.
*Note: One of his other tweets was left out due to profane language, but you can see how much he believes this.
It’s unclear what provoked Canseco to go on his Twitter tirade, but one thing is clear, if it happens, he’ll be able to say he told us so.
“This is not even a conspiracy theory.” Those were the words of Irving on the subject of the shape of the earth on the podcast of Cavs teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.
Irving pointed out ‘evidence’ to back up his point in that astronaut Neil Armstrong’s footprints on the moon look different than the shape of his boots. He even went as far as to say, “It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”
Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green was asked about the subject later on during the NBA’s All-Star weekend, and he came to Irving’s defense… sort of.
It’s not just pro basketball players that subscribe to the line of thinking, though.
Following Monday night’s win over Texas, West Virginia’s Lamont West was asked by Jackson of the Daily Athenaeum what his thoughts were on the subject.
“The earth is flat. I don’t have a specific reason, I just feel like the earth is flat. I don’t really know, I have to think about it a little more. I feel like the earth is flat. I agree with Kyrie. … Is this table flat? I mean it’s really up to what you think. We’ve got mountains and stuff so could you say that the earth is round because we have mountains and stuff? You never know. I think the earth is flat.” — Lamont West
These comments came moments afterwards West had a career game, scoring 23 points on 6-8 shooting from 3-point land.
According to Jackson, Elijah Macon assumed a similar role as Green, not going as far as to fully agree with West about the roundness or flatness of the Earth, but said he could see both sides of the argument.
Jackson and the DA staffers will be attempting to ask more athletes about their opinion on the subject in the coming weeks.