What Is This Shaquille O'Neal Flat Earth Controversy All About?

Earlier this week, Shaquille O’Neal made the outrageous and, frankly, Medieval, claim that the earth is flat. Flat – like a coin or a doormat.

The NBA star offered no punch line and appeared completely serious when he said on his own podcast, "I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it's flat to me ... You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It's not. The world is flat."

Turns out, Shaq was just throwing us a curve ball. On Thursday, while speaking to the "Art of Charm" podcast, Shaq rhetorically asked "Would you like to hear my theory? The first part of the theory is, I’m joking, you idiots. That’s the first part of the theory."

Explaining the second part of his theory, the Hall of Fame basketball player stated:

"When I’m in my bus and I drive from Florida to California, which I do every summer, it seems to be flat.

When I’m in my plane, and we’re getting ready to land, and I open up the window, and I’m looking at all the land that we’re flying over, it seems to be flat.”

The conspiracy theory has been trending amongst NBA players, tossed around like a basketball all season long. Professional athletes who have publicly claimed they believe the earth is flat include Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Nuggets swingman Wilson Chandler and Warriors forward Draymond Green.

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According to flat earthers, it is impossible to fly around the world from north to south and the earth is surrounded by an impassable ice wall in Antarctica. Believers claim that the spherical view of the earth has been a massive deception perpetrated by the Illuminati to deceive us.

The rap community also has its flat earth believers. Rapper Bobby Ray Simmons (aka B.o.B.) released a single disputing astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's claim the world is round. Tyson fired back with his own rap song.

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