Steph Curry’s statement regarding man not having actually landed on moon made quite the headlines, as the Warriors guard was criticised for believing in the conspiracy theory that has been doing the rounds in the US for a long time now.
In the ‘Winging it’ podcast with Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore, Curry had said that he did not quite believe that man had landed on the moon, and admitted that NASA might come hunting after him.
Everyone present for the podcast agreed with him in unison, and the statement made international news.
“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked.
“They’re going to come get us, I don’t think so either. Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.” he added.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 11, 2018
It was the second time that a high profile NBA player had said something of this sort, with Kyrie Irving being the first one, when he had admitted that he believed that the earth was indeed flat.
NASA decided to weigh in on the matter and offered Curry the opportunity to visit the lunar lab at the Johnson space centre in Houston.
“We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” the statement from NASA read.
“We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.” they added.
Now, a day after Curry made the headlines in every newspaper around the world, the two time MVP has said that he was joking about the entire thing. He also confirmed that he will be accepting NASA’s invitation and visiting the Johnson Space centre in order to educate himself.
“One thousand percent,” Curry said as quoted by ESPN.
“One thousand percent. Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast. [Then] I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, ‘Oh my God, he’s a fake-moon-landing truther,’ whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada. So I was silently protesting that part about it, how the story took a life of its own.
“But in terms of the reaction that I’ve gotten, I am definitely going to take [NASA] up on their offer. I am going to educate myself firsthand on everything that NASA has done and shine a light on their tremendous work over the years. And hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power.
“For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, which is important, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe.
“But I’m going to go to NASA and I’m going to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly.” he added.
Curry did not quite expect his comments to go viral, as he believed that in the podcast, they were talking about all sorts of wild stuff.
“This one got me,” Curry explained.
“This one got me. Because of the setting that I was in when I was talking — if you actually listen to the podcast, we were talking about all sorts of wild stuff. We went from Trae Young comparisons to ‘What sound does a dinosaur make?’ [From] ‘What’s your favorite brand of golf club?’ to conspiracy theories. And literally out of an hour-and-10-minute podcast, that five-second comment of me asking, ‘Did we land on the moon?’ was the only thing people got out of that.
“Again, part of why I just kind of let it sit out there is just because I was like, ‘What is this?’ There’s way more serious stuff that’s going on in our world that this doesn’t necessarily deserve that much attention. But again, I got a NASA invite out of it and I am going to enjoy it.”
Do you really believe Curry was joking or is this just a play to get out of the little controversy that the Warriors man has created for himself?