Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry doesn’t believe man has landed on the moon. And NASA is hoping to convince him otherwise.
On Monday Curry appeared on the Winging It podcast hosted by NBA stars Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore. During some back and forth banter about dinosaur sounds, Curry suddenly changed the topic about whether anyone from the United States has actually been on the moon.
“We’ve ever been to the moon?” Curry asked.
“Nope,” said the show’s hosts.
“They’re coming to get us,” Curry responded. “Sorry…I don’t want to start conspiracies.”
According to the New York Times, Annie Finberg, digital content coordinator for the Atlanta Hawks – who also appeared on the podcast – was skeptical and asked Curry to clarify his response. The basketball star reasserted he does not believe the U.S. had landed on the moon, which spawned another conversation about conspiracy theories.
At one point, one of the hosts suggested that famed film director Stanley Kubrick staged the entire moon landing.
Curry’s perplexing beliefs sent the Internet on a craze.
“(The) #NBA is good with social justice and bad at science. First @KyrieIrving is a flat-Earther now Steph Curry doesn’t buy the moon landing,” one person responded on social media.
“So Steph Curry doesn’t believe there was a moon landing. He hasn’t proven anything other than you don’t have to be smart to play in the @NBA,” chimed another.
Even retired astronaut Scott Kelly weighed in on the hoopla.
“Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk. DM me,” Kelly tweeted.
It’s been well documented that 12 American astronauts have walked the moon’s surface on six separate instances between 1969 and 1972.
In order to prove Curry’s skepticism, NASA has invited Curry for a tour of its lab.
“We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Centre in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesperson Allard Beutel told TMZ.
“We have hundreds of pounds of Moon rocks stored there and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see first-hand 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.”
There’s a chance Curry can take up NASA on its offer early next year. Golden State will visit Houston on March 13, 2019.