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In his latest podcast, The NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal vehemently asserted that the earth is flat and not a globe as is popularly believed. Shaquille is the latest NBA star to emerge as a proponent of the flat-earth theory.
NBA Star Shaquille O’Neal Jumps on the Flat Earth Bandwagon
In the podcast, when he was asked for his opinion on the NBA player Kyrie Irving and his assertion that the earth is flat, Shaq nonchalantly supported the assertion. He goes on to provide anecdotal evidence of why the earth might be flat and also cries foul play against the “round-earth” propaganda being fed to everyone when they are young. Shaq draws attention to the fact that when he traveled from Florida to California, he did not encounter any rotundity during the journey. This revelation from Shaq comes in the wake of many celebrity figures such as Kyrie Irving, Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets) and Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) vociferously supporting the flat-earth theory.
When it came to photographic evidence, Draymond Green dismissed the photos from NASA saying that they were photoshopped. Irving appeared to be defensive in his interview with a reporter when asked to reaffirm his views about the earth being flat. The reported subliminally raised the point that Kyrie, being an influential figure that he is, may inadvertently affect the world view of his million or so fans. Kyrie, for the most part, refused to comment further on his revelation in the podcast. In contrast and possibly in an attempt to put a pin on the trend of rising pro-flat-earthers in NBA, the NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement affirming that he was a supporter of the round-earth theory.
The internet had strong reactions to Shaq’s assertion. Many users tweeted videos and references supporting earth’s rotundity and urged Shaq to see reason. On a more general note, one reason that the flat-earthers are so pervasive is because any evidence that is not in line with their views can easily be dismissed as fake. They tend to be almost synonymous with anti-science and are usually dismissive of many other widely believed phenomena such as gravity. The earth does appear to be flat over short distances because of our limited range of sight. It takes scientifically involved methods to verify the rotundity of earth and such methods are usually out of reach of the average citizen. Flat-earth seems more intuitive but like many beliefs, this theory has been debunked by many scientific groups. Whether one chooses to accept scientific facts is an entirely different discussion.
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.
Here’s video of Kyrie Irving sparring with a reporter over his flat earth comments: