What is it with basketball players and the flat earth theory? Shaquille O’Neal is the latest NBA star to declare that the earth isn’t round.
Considering we are currently in the year 2017, you wouldn’t have thought the flat earth model still enjoys a lot of popularity, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for everyone.
First, Cleveland star Kyrie Irving said he believed the earth was flat, and now Shaq – one of the greatest players of all time – is backing him up.
Speaking on the Big Podcast with Shaq, the Hall of Famer vehemently argued that the Earth is flat, and it didn’t seem like he was joking.
“It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yeah, it is. Yes, it is,” said O’Neal.
“Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind — what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this (expletive) is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.”
There you go. Here we thought this was a settled matter, but it seems there’s still a lack of consensus in the NBA.