As the fake news ran rampant that he is a "fake-moon-landing truther," NBA's Stephen Curry "was silently protesting how stupid it was" his "joking" podcast comments that man had never landed on the moon took off, he told ESPN on Wednesday.
"Obviously, I was joking when I was talking on the podcast," Curry told ESPN. "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."
NASA has invited Curry to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, an offer he is going to take "1,000 percent" to help share the story of the moon landing.
"I am definitely going to take [NASA] up on their offer," he told ESPN. "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."
Curry was surprised how the story from the podcast joke mushroomed into a mainstream media news story.
"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," Curry told ESPN. "We went from Trae Young comparisons to 'What sound does a dinosaur make?' '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."
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