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Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Long before he became the face of the Boston Celtics, and in addition to being the ankle-breaking No. 2 in Cleveland, Kyrie Irving was synonymous with what felt like troll-level ‘the Earth is flat’ theories.

“I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces,” Irving said during his ‘Earth is flat’ rant on a podcast with then-teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye in Feb. 2017. “They lie to us.”

But speaking at the Forbes Under 30 summit in Boston on Monday, Irving apologized for spreading such info.

“I’m sorry about all that,” the 26-year-old Irving said. “For all the science teachers and everybody coming up to me like, ‘You know I have to re-teach my whole curriculum?’ I’m sorry. I apologize.”

So, what made the ultra-talented Irving dig his way into that wormhole in that first place?

“At the time, I was huge into conspiracies,” Irving offered. ‘Everybody’s been there, like, ‘Yo, what’s going on with our world?’ You click a YouTube link and it’s like how deep does the rabbit hole go? You start telling all your friends, ‘Did you see that? Watch this video.’ At the time I was innocent in it, but you realize the effect of the power of voice. And even if you believe in that, don’t come out and say that stuff. That’s for intimate conversations because perception, how you’re received, it just changes. At the time, I just didn’t realize the effect.

“I was definitely, at that time, a big conspiracy theorist. You can’t tell me anything.”

Irving and the Celtics will open their season Oct. 16 against the Philadelphia Sixers. And Irving, who missed the entire 2018 playoffs due to season-ending knee surgery, will be in action. Barring another deep YouTube dive.