WTF? Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal takes a stand for ignorance, insists the world is flat.
In a disturbing display of scientific illiteracy Shaquille O’Neal insists the Earth is flat while appearing on a recent episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq.
On the program, co-host John Kincade asked the star about recent comments from Kyrie Irving, a Cleveland Cavaliers player who recently became the subject of media controversy after outing himself as a flat-Earther.
It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yeah, it is. 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 (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.
When asked about the existence of satellite imagery proving the world is round, O’Neal responded:
Satellite imagery could be drawn and made up.”
As noted above, last month, Cleveland Cavaliers’ player Kyrie Irving also insisted the Earth is flat, declaring:
This is not even a conspiracy theory. The Earth is flat. 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?
The idea of a flat-earth seems to be a trend among NBA stars. Recently Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green and Denver Nuggets player Wilson Chandler have both expressed sympathy for the flat Earth hypothesis.
Adding insult to injury, Shaquille O’Neal claims to be an educated man: He has a Ph.D. in education from Barry University in Miami, Fla.
The good news: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters he believes the world is round when asked where he stands on the issue during last month’s All-Star Weekend.
Listen to the audio below: