Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is really taking this "new year, new me" mantra to heart. After six years with the Cleveland Cavaliers,  Irving is ready to embark on the next chapter of his life with a new look (sans beard), new number (the No. 11 he wore in high school), and a new outlook on the world—literally.

After spending all of last season defending his belief that the earth is flat, Irving has come forward to admit, in the words of Maury, "that was a lie." During an interview on The Toucher and Rich Show on Tuesday, Irving admitted that he was trolling everyone with his flat earth theory.

Irving said:

"Look, look. Here it is. All I want to do is be able to have that open conversation. It was all an exploitation tactic. It literally spun the world—your guy’s world—it spun it into a frenzy and proved exactly what I thought it would do in terms of how all this works. It created a division, or, literally stand up there and let all these people throw tomatoes at me, or have somebody think I’m somehow a different intellectual person because I believe that the earth is flat and you think the world is round. It created exactly that.

It became like, because I think different, does that knock my intellectual capacity or the fact that I can think different things than you? That was the intent behind it. Do your own research, don’t come to me and ask me. At the end of the day, you’re going to feel and believe the way you want to feel. But don’t knock my life over that.

When I do something, I know my intent. And it proved what I thought it would."

Irving's trolling (or backpedaling) even got some middle schoolers to believe in the four-time NBA All-Star's flat earth theory. Maybe Shaq and Draymond Green will now publicly announce that they also firmly believe that the world is not flat? 

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