NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal says the Earth is flat, and he doesn’t care if you disagree.
The 7-foot-6 basketball Hall of Famer raised eyebrows by making that claim on ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq” (hear audio below).
Shaq was asked to react to a statement by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who recently insisted the Earth is flat as a pancake.
Shaq, a college graduate, defended Kyrie, saying: “It’s true. The Earth is flat. Listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this sh*t is flat to me. You mean to tell me that China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.”
Shaq is a flat-Earther, too
— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) March 19, 2017
One of Shaq’s podcast co-hosts refuted his assertion by saying, “We’ve seen the Earth from satellite imagery.”
Shaq replied by saying that could be manipulated. To buttress his statement, Shaq pointed to the inaccuracies taught in school, such as the theory that Christopher Columbus had discovered America.
“Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind: what you read, what you see and what you hear,” Shaq said. “In school, the first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America’ … Columbus didn’t discover America!”
The flat-Earth brouhaha erupted last month after Kyrie Irving was asked if he believes in aliens. Irving suggested that he does believe in aliens (so does Cambridge University physicist Stephen Hawking).
“This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving said. “The Earth is flat … It’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”
if kyrie says the earths flat, then the earth is flat 💁🏽 pic.twitter.com/mT2Rls1CVF
— Ashley (@ashley_evans08) March 4, 2017
Some Kyrie fans responded by saying if Irving says the Earth is flat, then it’s flat.
I don't care what the advanced stats say. Kyrie Irving is one of the greatest players walking this flat Earth.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) March 20, 2017
It’s unclear if Shaq (and Kyrie) are joking, trolling their fans, or if they actually believe what they said. Some believe the hilarious statements are part of an underground marketing campaign. It certainly got lots of people talking about Shaq’s podcast.
Most NBA fans were amused by the flat-Earth conspiracy theory. For his part, jokester Shaq could not have cared less, based on his Twitter non-response to the controversy.
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