Shaq believes the Earth is flat and his explanation is bonkers

Yet another NBA star (well, former star in this case) has come out as a flat earther, and this time it’s legendary big man Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq joins Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, and Wilson Chandler as open proponents of the flat earth theory. They are all incorrect.

Irving famously announced that he was flat earther on the “Road Trippin'” podcast just before the All-Star Game, and soon after, Chandler lent his support on Twitter. Green’s endorsement came shortly after. Shaq’s announcement came on the latest episode of his own podcast, “The Big Podcast With Shaq,” and I never thought I would say this, but his explanation makes even less sense than Irving’s.

There’s no mincing words here. Shaq is asked plainly and simply “What did you think of the Kyrie stuff?” and his response was immediate: “It’s true. The Earth is flat.”

Here are his full comments on the subject:

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 shit 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.

Shaq starts with some Howard Zinn what-even-is-the-truth-man? revisionism but immediately goes off the rails. What’s amazing about this is Kyrie and other flat-eathers often point to how you can’t see the curvature of the Earth while flying on an airplane as proof, but Shaq took that a step further somehow and went with cars. Cars! I don’t even know what this means. What exactly is “driving up and down at a 360-degree angle”? What stuff about gravity? Does he think cars would just go flying off the Earth’s surface if it were round (which it is)?

By the way, he is technically correct about China not being underneath Atlanta, in that the point on the globe opposite of Atlanta is in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but that’s not what he meant.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver already addressed this issue by the way, stating that he personally believes the Earth is round (because it is), so obviously he has no power to stop this trend. The only questions now are how many more current and former NBA players will out themselves as flat earthers and will any of their explanations top Shaq in terms of pure impenetrability?

One can only hope.

[h/t Yahoo | Photo: AP]