While many NBA players are prone to consider a conspiracy theory here and there, some are worse than others. You might have some reasonable questions regarding the JFK assassination, but when you start thinking the earth is flat, all bets are off. There’s a pretty substantial and varied range of skepticism among pro athletes when it comes to these subjects. Detroit Piston Blake Griffin, for example, falls somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, with a newfound aversion to microwaves and using them to heat his food—a decision based mainly on how suspicious it is for a machine to heat things up so quickly.
According to an interview with GQ, Griffin’s been eyeing microwaves across the country with a skeptical eye for quite some time now. “I stay away from the microwave in general,” he said. “I’ve stayed away from microwaves for about three years now. If I’m in a serious bind? It would have to be serious, but I try to avoid them, period.”
We know what you’re thinking. Why, Blake Griffin? Essentially, the NBA star merely is inherently opposed to the baffling functionality of the device, and seems confused about its safety, in general. “I just read a bunch of information,” he said. “There are even countries that have actually banned microwaves. Also, the whole idea to me, in general, makes no sense—that I can put something cold in there and heat it up within seconds, but there’s no actual heat involved? It just doesn't seem like the right way to go about treating your food.”
While Griffin’s approach is based on genuine confusion about the concepts of convection and conduction, skepticism should never be mocked or dismissed outright if it isn’t harming anyone. If Griffin doesn’t feel comfortable using microwaves so be it—but it’s a rather odd, seemingly random hill to plant your flag on. On top of that, his commentary on microwaves being banned seems to be rooted in simply another, debunked theory. Fortunately for Griffin, this determined stance of his seems to be working out reasonably well, regardless.
“Not microwaving my food hasn’t really affected my life like you would think, except that I maybe wait a little bit longer to eat,” he said. “And you can still use a toaster oven instead of a microwave. The toaster is very underrated.” Thankfully, this is a case of conspiratorial thought that doesn’t seem to be endangering the public, except, perhaps, for GE, Breville, Cuisinart, and any other company missing out on one additional microwave sale. I think it’s safe to say that we can all live with that, and Griffin can continue to spread his message.