MIAMI — This is the age of anti-intellectualism, to say the least.
The latest celebrant of wrong-headed ignorance is Shaquille O’Neal who holds a doctorate degree in education from Miami‘s Barry University and is currently claiming the earth is flat.
“So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this shit is flat to me,” he said on his The Big Podcast with Shaq. “I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me.”
No, kids, he’s not kidding.
The Hall of Famer and former Miami Heat star was picking up where Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who claims the earth is flat, left off.
Irving seems to have started a flat-earth movement among NBA stars.
Shaq, like Irving, has fended off scientific claims about the earth’s roundness by saying, “satellite imagery could be drawn and made up.”
Even though Shaq has flown around the world a number of times, he’s sticking by his claims. “Matter of fact, it’s a square,” he said. “That’s what it is.”
As proof, he said that in school we were taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America, which, we all know now, he did not.
“In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh Columbus discovered America’ … Columbus didn’t discover America.”
The frightening thing is that Shaq has a degree in education, which earned him the title “doctor,” but doesn’t seem to understand the difference between science and social studies. And it’s likely that some of his MILLIONS of followers will also start to question the earth’s roundness.
As if we needed any more stupidity these days!
Maybe someone should buy him that shirt all the cool kids have. And if he doesn’t change his mind, maybe Barry University should take back his degree.