That Irving held the unpopular belief that the Earth had no curvature first gained attention when he shared it on theRoad Trippin' with RJ and Channing podcast while discussing conspiracy theories with Cavs teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing.
"This is not even a conspiracy theory," contended Irving."The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. It's right in front of our faces. I'm telling you, it's right in front of our faces. They lie to us."
Irving also spoke on the possibility that earthlings had made alien contact.
"The fact that they can make all these movies with alien descriptions, they're not just going on strictly brainpower and this is just creative things that we're going to put out to everybody," he told Jefferson and Frye. "For what? All to put an alien movie out, for what?"
ESPN journalist, Arash Markazi, brought up the subject with the All Star starter, Irving, in New Orleans over the weekend. Markazi pressed Irving to explain his belief in a flat Earth.
"I think people should do their own research, man," said Irving. "Hopefully they'll either back my belief or they'll throw it in the water. But I think it's interesting for people to find out on their own. I've seen a lot of things that my educational system has said that was real that turned out to be completely fake. I don't mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts."