Athletes believe some crazy conspiracy theories.
Dictionary.com defines "conspiracy theory" as the following:
There's a conspiracy theory for just about everything that happens, but the average person often accepts the so-called "truth" that's presented to them. But athletes aren't average people, and many of them share their thoughts on some crazy theories.
Predictably, they caused a stir and had society laughing at them when they expressed their thoughts on such conspiracies. Here are five athletes that believe in some absolutely INSANE conspiracy theories.
5. Ronda Rousey: 9/11 Was 'An Inside Job'
Perhaps no event in human history has more conspiracy theories than the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Many speculated that the U.S. government knew it was coming well ahead of time, but others also believe it was an inside job.
Take former women's UFC champion and possible future WWE star Ronda Rousey, who believes there is more than meets the eye with 9/11. She appeared on Joe Rogan's podcast in 2011, and had these few words to say when discussing the tragedy:
“It’s an inside job".
Of course, Rousey is far from the only person that believes the federal government had some involvement in it. Rousey has never been one to express her strong opinions and beliefs, especially in this situation.
4. Carl Everett: Dinosaurs Didn't Exist
Dinosaurs lived hundreds of millions of years ago, and scientists found fossils to prove this. These fascinating creatures have inspired countless books, movies, television shows and more.
But former MLB star Carl Everett isn't a believer in dinosaurs. Known for being a devout and religious person, Everett denied the existence of these giant beasts that roamed the earth long ago:
"God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve. The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Somebody actually saw Adam and Eve eating apples. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex."
So I guess he won't be watching Jurassic Park anytime soon.
3. Terrell Suggs: Goodell Responsible For Super Bowl Blackout
The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers clashed in Super Bowl 47, which was played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. With the Ravens up by 22 points in the third quarter, the game was delayed by a power outage.
After the 34 minute stoppage, the 49ers rallied to make the team closer but wound up falling in a 34-31 thriller. Though power outages don't often create conspiracy theories, Ravens defensive star Terrell Suggs believed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was behind it:
“I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean? I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn’t let us have this one in a landslide huh?...I thought he had a hand in it. Most definitely, he had a hand in it."
For what it's worth, the NFL never investigated to see if the commissioner "played a hand" in the blackout. The Ravens won the game anyway, so this theory never gained much steam.
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2. Chipper Jones: Sandy Hook Shooting Was a Hoax
The Sandy Hook shooting is one of the most horrific incidents in American history. In Dec. 2012, a 20-year-old male shot his own mother to death before killing 27 people (students, teachers, and personnel), at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
It was yet another incident that sparked outrage over gun control and laws needing to change in the United States. But former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones refused to accept the facts and posted a number of tweets he probably regrets.
In 2015, Jones did apologize for what he said. But the damage had been done. That tweet will never go away, and he let the world know that he believes in insane conspiracy theories.
1.Kyrie Irving: Earth is flat
NBA star Kyrie Irving has been in the news a lot this summer. He requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and was eventually dealt to the Boston Celtics. Reports came out of him and LeBron James having a strained relationship, which also created a stir in the media.
Though science has proven for years that the earth is round, Irving had this to say earlier in the year:
“This is not even a conspiracy theory. The Earth is flat. It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”
Hey Kyrie, we think you should watch Bill Nye the Science Guy!