NBA hall-of-famer Shaquille O’Neal apparently believes the earth is flat…you know, as opposed to a globe.
On the latest episode of his podcast, Shaq was asked his opinion about Kyrie Irving—another NBA star who came out last month asserting the Earth was flat.
Here’s what Shaq had to say about it:
It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yes, it is. 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 s*** 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.
You can listen to the audio of Shaq here:
Maybe, after years of playing with globes (basketballs) on flat planes (courts), Shaq has finally seen the light about the true shape of the “planet”:
— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) March 19, 2017
Naturally, the internet has already reacted:
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 19, 2017
— Maddest Lion (@Jam_Bklyn_man) March 19, 2017
The world is round
like a basketball
Not flat like the court
R u just courting controversy?
— David Knight (@libertytarian) March 19, 2017
But Shaq isn’t alone.
Last month, NBA star Kyrie Irving also said the Earth is flat, “Can you really think of us rotating around the sun, and all planets align, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these ‘planets’ and stuff like this?”
Not long after, Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets) and Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) backed up Irving’s views. Green dismissed NASA’s photos of earth from space, suggesting they could easily be photoshopped.
This trend of pro-flat-earth basketball players became so pervasive that NBA commissioner Adam Silver had to make a statement on the subject, asserting, “I believe the world is round.”
Here’s video of Kyrie Irving sparring with a reporter over his flat earth comments: