NFL Draft Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Criticism landed in the hands of an NFL Draft prospect on Thursday after he spouted some interesting theories.

Texas Tech defensive back Tyler Owens spoke to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana. During Owens’ media availability, the former Red Raider had particularly interesting things to say about science. One could certainly argue that he came off rather anti-science with certain theories he alluded to during the conversation.

“I don’t believe in space,” Owens said. “I don’t think there’s like other planets and stuff like that.”

When someone asked him what led him to believe that, Owens said he saw stuff about “flat earth” and suggested that the people touting those theories made “valid points.”

Unsurprisingly, onlookers roasted Owens over his opinions and thoughts on the matter.


Some had seen enough.

Others were accurate in the assessment that this type of rhetoric needs to cease.

It’s really not a humorous thing. Stuff like this can easily lead to more haunting conspiracies that will have you in a much bigger bind. That’s the thing with conspiracies. It’s one thing to believe in aliens or other life forms. It’s entirely another thing to start going down these avenues. It only leads to trouble and other irredeemable situations.

Nonetheless, hopefully someone gets in Owens’ ear to tell him why he shouldn’t have said this.

[Brent Sobleski]

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