Shaq Is Sticking By His Theory That The Earth Is Flat, Not Round
Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq) is sticking by his theory that the Earth is flat.
Radar Online reported that the Los Angeles Lakers legend initially asserted this in 2017 in agreement with fellow basketball player Kyrie Irving. He doubled down on his feelings during a radio show appearance on Wednesday, August 23, noting he is fan of conspiracy theories — and one of his favorites is that the Earth is flat, not round.
“It’s just a theory, they teach us a lot of things. I flew 20 hours [from the U.S. to Australia] today, not once did I go straight. I didn’t tip over, I didn’t go upside down. It’s just a conspiracy theory.”
“You know how they say the world is spinning? I’ve been living in a house on a lake for 30 years and not once did the lake rotate to the left or rotate to the right. I like listening to them, [as in conspiracy theories]. It’s not about being wrong or right, I just like listening to them.”
While Shaq agrees with Kyrie Irving‘s sentiments that the Earth is flat, there are some things they likely will never agree on. If you remember, Kyrie Irving made headlines in 2021 when he was prohibited for practicing or playing for the Brooklyn Nets in New York because of his decision to not get vaccinated. Shaq, at the time, said if Kyrie were his teammate:
“I would go upstairs and say ‘get him up outta here. Get him up outta here’. We can win with the one-two punch, a great shooter, and the rebounders we have.”
“Cause now every day, we have to answer questions about him and what he’s doing. Get his a** up outta here. Whoever owns the Brooklyn Nets, get him outta here”
The Earth being flat and unvaccinated players being ineligible to play aren’t the only theories Shaq believes in, with another involving his son.
As previously reported, the athlete turned businessman has put a pause on the plans of his son Shaqir, at least for now. Shaqir, 19, a basketball player for the Texas Southern University Tigers wanted to trademark his name and likeness — but Shaq prevented the move because, based on his own theory, their names are far too similar and will cause confusion.
According to the notice,
“Applicant’s Mark is the same or a close approximation of the Shaq Marks and Applicant’s Mark is confusingly similar to Opposer’s Shaq Marks in sight, sound, and commercial impression.”
“The Shaq Marks are famous, and they were famous long before Applicant filed the Opposed Applications, which were filed on an intent-to-use basis.”
In the event that Shaq‘s filing were to go into effect, Shaqir would have to rescind his application.
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