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All in good fun.
That’s the sentiment now out of the camp of Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry following a wave of backlash after he made a comment that he felt astronauts never actually landed on the moon.
The controversy came after Curry was a guest on The Ringer’s “Winging It” podcast, and during the conversation which went from a sound a dinosaur made to landing on the moon, the guard gave his two cents.
“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked.
After several voices said, “No,” Curry stated, “They’re going to come get us, I don’t think so either. Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.”
That of course was all it took to go viral, and now a few days later the guard is retracting the comments, saying that his comments were not to be taken seriously, and that he’s even going to take a trip to NASA after he was invited to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to tour the lunar lab, (what that will prove other than a good PR stunt is anyone’s guess).
“One thousand percent,” Curry told ESPN about accepting the invite to NASA in Houston.
“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.
It’s odd that someone like Curry, who knows how quickly the wrong things said can get turned into a huge story, wouldn’t think that his comments about people on the moon would not draw some type of backlash.
“This one got me,” Curry said. “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.”
Maybe next time he’ll not get caught up in the moment of the ramblings of a discussion, or just decline the invite to speak his mind all together.