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Shaquille O’Neal says, yes, the earth is flat

Shaquille O'Neal believes Earth is flat.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff/file 2011

Shaquille O'Neal believes Earth is flat.

Perhaps you read about the comments by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who said in an interview that he believes Earth is flat. (“I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system said was real and turned out to be completely fake,” Irving said. “I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts and what I believe.”)

Ridiculous as that might sound — and it does sound ridiculous — Irving has his defenders. One of them, apparently, is former Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal, who was asked about Irving’s bizarre theory and the big man said he agrees.

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“It’s true. The earth is flat,” Shaq told John Kincade, his cohost on “The Big Podcast With Shaq.” “There’s three ways to manipulate the mind: What you read, what you see, and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America.’ But when he got there, it was some fair-skinned people with long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So what does that tell you?”

Kincade couldn’t quite believe what he was hearing, but Shaq continued.

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“Listen, I drive from coast to coast, and the [expletive] looks flat to me. I do not go up and down on a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity. Have you looked outside of Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? So you mean to tell me that China is under us? The world is flat.”

What about all those pictures of Earth from space?

“Satellite imagery? That could be drawn and made up,” he said.

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Is he serious? Listen for yourself.

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