THE NEWEST NBA FAD? BELIEVING THE EARTH IS FLAT HAS BEGUN GAINING TRACTION AMONG SOME ATHLETES

What planet do these guys come from? Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal has joined other NBA luminaries in claiming the earth is flat.

The 45-year-old Shaq made the claim on his own podcast, drawing a fairly bemused reaction.

As the Washington Post pointed out, his research involved “driving cross-country a few times”.

Satirist Bill Maher tried to help O’Neal out, reminding him the earth was shaped like a basketball.

Meanwhile, entertainment site A.V Club reckoned: “The belief that the Earth is not round like a basketball, but flat like the paint, is spreading like a bad case of athlete’s foot through the basketball community.”

USA Today said: “Obviously, the basis of driving from Florida to California would not be nearly scientific enough to justify the flat-Earth claim, but that was all Shaq needed to see and he’s standing by it.

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