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Shaquille O’Neal comes clean on flat earth talk: ‘I’m joking, you idiots’

It looks like Shaquille O’Neal pulled a fast one on all of us.

The NBA icon-turned-TNT analyst finally revealed he really doesn’t believe the earth is flat, a belief he espoused last week. Shaq made the admission during an appearance on Jordan Harbinger’s “The Art of Charm” podcast.

Shaq’s big reveal, as transcribed by Ball Don’t Lie:

Harbinger: “What’s going on with the flat Earth thing? Are you just messing with everybody with that?”

O’Neal: “No, the Earth is flat. Would you like to hear my theory?”

Harbinger: “Yeah, tell me about it.”

O’Neal: “The first part of the theory is, I’m joking, you idiots. That’s the first part of the theory. The second part is, I said jokingly that 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.”

Well, there you have it. Shaq is not a flat-Earther. O’Neal continued to explain his reasoning during the podcast. But the overriding fact is Shaq insists it was all a big joke, thankfully.

Shaq’s original comments, made on his podcast, were as follows:

Whatever O’Neal’s intent to make such a joke, it’s good to know he’s not a flat-Earther. It did seem for a moment that the flat earth philosophy was taking over the NBA. Before O’Neal’s joke Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving opined that the earth isn’t the oblate spheroid we believe it to be.

Amid the stupefied mockery of Irving’s contention, Wilson Chandler and Draymond Green came forward to support the Cavs star. The ridiculousness of it all actually compelled NBA commissioner Adam Silver to say, “I believe the world is round.”

At least we can take solace in the fact that the Big Aristotle isn’t among those who believe in such absurd notions.