Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has come out as a “flat Earther” — one who believes the conspiracy theory that the Earth is flat.
Yes, you read that right.
Even though this idea was debunked in the days of Christopher Columbus, it seems that Shaq has joined in with the conspiracy theorists who believe we have been lied to about the shape of the planet we live on.
Shaq made the statement on his podcast, “The Big Podcast with Shaq” when he was asked to respond to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving insisting in a recent interview that the world was as flat as a pancake.
“It’s true.” Shaq stated. “The Earth is flat. Listen, I drive from coast to coast and this s*** is flat to me. You mean to tell me that China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.”
Now, Shaq is an intelligent college graduate, he holds a doctorate degree in education, and he is downright lovable — but this is just plain lunacy.
When one of his co-hosts on the podcast referred to the satellite images of the Earth clearly showing that the world is indeed round — it’s insane that we are having this discussion in 2017 — Shaq responded that the images could have been manipulated.
He went further. About all that Columbus stuff …
“Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind: what you read, what you see, and what you hear,” Shaq said, before bring up inaccuracies taught to grade-school children.
“In school, the 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 … Columbus didn’t discover America!”
This flat-Earth theory has been around for quite some time, but it got widespread attention last month when Irving was asked if he believed in aliens. Irving suggested that he did believe in aliens, but he also believed that the Earth was not round.
“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.”
People on Twitter have been having a field day because of Shaq’s comments.
— Kayn Filtiarn (@KaynFiltiarn) March 21, 2017
— Danny Bednar (@SpaceProfessor2) March 20, 2017
— Goluba (@gogoluba) March 20, 2017
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