Stephen Curry Moon Landing: Former MVP Doubts Astronauts Walked on Moon

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry apparently doubts the moon landing ever happened.

Around the 46-minute mark of his appearance on The Ringer's "Winging It" podcast with teammate Andre Iguodala and hosts Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore, the former NBA MVP proclaims that the moon landing never happened.

"They're gonna come get us," Curry said in agreement with the chorus of doubters. "I don't think so either."

Co-host Annie Finberg allowed Curry to retract his statement, asking, "You don't think so?"

"Nuh uh," he says.

"You gotta do the research on Stanley Kubrick," Bazemore adds, reference a common argument used by moon landing doubters.

According to this theory, NASA was desperate to make it to the moon, so it hired Kubrick, a famous director, to stage the Apollo 11 and 12 missions, although there is no evidence of this being true.

It's also countered by numerous examples of proof, including the fact that there are visible footprints left by astronauts on the surface of the moon.

Curry isn't the first person to question the moon landing, as it's one of the most discussed conspiracies in American popular culture and research on the topic proves that there is actual belief in the conspiracy theories doubting it took place.

Per a Washington Post story from earlier this year:

"Assigning meaning to what happens has helped humans to thrive as a species, and conspiracy theories are internally cohesive stories that 'help us to understand the unknown whenever things happen that are fearful or unexpected,' said Jan-Willem van Prooijen, a social psychologist at Vrije University in Amsterdam. For some believers, the sense of comfort and clarity such stories bring can override the question of their truth value."

One moon dunker famously told Buzz Aldrin that he'd participated in a hoax, to which the former astronaut responded by punching him.

This also isn't the first case of an NBA star publicly questioning scientific evidence. Nearly two years ago, Kyrie Irving said he believed the Earth was flat during an appearance on the "Road Trippin'" podcast with then-teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, along with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton.

Irving claimed he made the remarks to promote conversation and prove how stories on social-media can spread rapidly, but then told the New York Times in early June that he wasn't sure whether the Earth was flat or round.

"I do research on both sides," Irving said. "I'm not against anyone that thinks the Earth is round. I'm not against anyone that thinks it's flat. I just love hearing the debate."

Irving apologized for making the comments earlier this year, claiming he has since learned certain thoughts are better kept in "intimate conversations."

"To all the science teachers, everybody coming up to me like, `You know I've got to reteach my whole curriculum?' I'm sorry," Irving said, as the room attending his session laughed. "I apologize. I apologize."