Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal © Nicholas Kamm / AFP
our-time NBA champion’s words are echoing those of another basketball player, Kyrie Irving from Cleveland Cavaliers, who spoke his mind up last week.
“This is not even a conspiracy theory. The Earth is flat,” four-time NBA All Star Irving said on another podcast, published on February 17.
Speaking on the show, O’Neal has also expressed his doubts in the American education system.
“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.”
Newark, New Jersey native O’Neal is in 7th place all-time in points scored, 15 time NBA All Star, three time NBA All Star Game MVP, three time Finals MVP. He is also one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000).