The former basketball player who traveled from the US to the continent of Australia by plane stood by his previous comments about the flatness of the earth.
Last year in August 2022, Shaquille O’Neal, commonly known as Shaq, appeared on the Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O and reaffirmed his support for the ‘earth is flat’ theory.
When the 50-year-old sportsman was asked if he still believed the controversial comments that he made in 2017, he said,
“It’s a theory. It’s just a theory; they teach us a lot of things.”
He further explained his belief by telling the snow hosts, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson, about his flight experience from the USA to Australia.
“I flew 20 hours today, not once did I go this way,” he said, adjusting his arm in a diagonal position. “I flew straight.”
He even said that he was confused about whether the globe was rotating or not during his flight.
“You know they say the world is spinning? I’ve lived on a lake for 30 years and I’ve never seen the lake move to the left or right,” Shaq said.
“I like listening to them. It’s not about being wrong or right, I just like listening to them.”
This was not the first time O’Neal said something about his belief in the flat earth theory. He first made the controversial remarks in 2017, on an episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq.
“It’s true. The Earth is flat,” he told co-host John Kincade.
“Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind — what you read, what you see and what you hear,” the legend added.
He then went on to quote the example of Columbus discovering America and said just like that inaccurate belief; many assumed that the earth is not flat.
“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.”
He added, “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.”
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Source: Kyle and Jackie O