UPDATE: Shortly after his doubtful comments on the moon landings went viral, Stephen Curry clarified he was joking.
"Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast," he told ESPN on Wednesday. "[Then] 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."
However, he will still accept NASA's invitation to tour the lunar lab in Houston. "But in terms of the reaction that I've gotten, I am definitely going to take [NASA] up on their offer. 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."
Stephen Curry may be a basketball pro, but space is another story.
During an interview on The Ringer's Winging It podcast, the 30-year-old famed Golden State Warriors point guard unexpectedly questioned our history of landing on the moon. Joined by hosts Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore and Annie Finberg and fellow guest Andre Iguodala, the group was chatting about how we know what kind of sounds dinosaurs made before Curry asked, "We ever been to the moon?"
After some voices responded "Nope," Curry continued, "They're gonna come get us. I don't think so either." (Listen to the bite at 46:45.)
Naturally, the comments did not go unnoticed and raised some public eyebrows, particularly among the space community. "Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let's talk," retired astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted at the athlete. "DM me."
Meanwhile, NASA invited Curry to come take a look at the proof in Houston.
"There's lots of evidence NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972. We'd love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said in a statement, according to CNN. "We have hundreds of pounds of Moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see first-hand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we're doing now to go back to the Moon in the coming years, but this time to stay."
As for whether or not Curry will take NASA up on their offer, he tweeted out a sunglasses emoji—whatever that means.
(Originally published Dec. 12, 2018 at 6:54 a.m. PST.)