If there was a moron of the week award on this site, then NBA star Shaquille O’Neal would have gotten it for this alone. He’s not the only one to make this claim in the NBA, and it’s a growing sentiment, worryingly.
Shaq’s reasoning for thinking the Earth is flat is, as expected, very uneducated and moronic. The following is taken from “The Big Podcast with Shaq” in response to Kyrie Irving insisting he believes the Earth is flat.
“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–t 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.”
Surely, this is some kind of joke? How could you even come to that conclusion in this day and age? The man goes on after to claim satellite imagery is “fake” or taken by “drones”. How would you explain going “around the world” if it’s flat? Why has nobody fallen off the edge? I’ve done a full 360 degrees of the earth myself. Round.
This man is either a massive troll and is winding us up or he’s genuinely a massive plonker. Either way, I think the latter still stands regardless anyway.