Kyrie Irving has a new flat-Earth disciple in Geno Smith

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Kartozian / USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving’s skepticism of a spherical earth is well-documented, his flat-Earth musings earning him multiple globes from people who don’t share his doubts about the shape of the planet. But they’ve also earned him a following among his peers.

Over the weekend, former Jets and current Giants quarterback Geno Smith says he found time this offseason to study the flat earth conspiracy:

Smith continued, writing that he merely wanted to start a thought-provoking conversation. He encouraged his fans to keep an open mind because “as we know a lot of the ‘truths’ that we thought were true actually aren’t.”


Irving has made the same point. For both players, the forays into flat-Earth discussions have less to do with the actual shape of the planet and more to do with challenging dogmas.

The responses poured in immediately as Twitter tried to change Smith’s mind, but the quarterback wasn’t buying the evidence provided. He said that pictures and video from space could have been altered by Photoshop, then asked if a person who’d traveled to the South Pole had gone past the ‘restricted areas.’

Smith’s shift toward flat-Earth truther had some people suggesting that he enter the NFL’s concussion protocol and led to a a brutal comment on the former second-round pick’s accuracy.

But the negative feedback did not dampen Smith’s enthusiasm. On Sunday, the 27-year-old set off to double check Ferdinand Magellan’s findings. No word yet on whether he reached the edge.