NBA players and the flat Earth theory

I don’t know how it began, but a number of famous basketball players are flat-Earthers. Yea, they legitimately believe that the planet we live on is flat, not round.

It’s all due to this new anti-science mentality going around these days. A large number of people would rather believe in conspiracy theories than cold-hard facts, because unless they can see it for themselves, they don’t want to believe it. This is propagated by Facebook pages and YouTube channels that try explaining the anti-science using extremely simplistic and completely incorrect examples. I have to assume, now, that every major human achievement nowadays is accompanied by a far-fetched conspiracy theory.

“Space may be the final frontier
But it’s made in a Hollywood basement” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers said it best in their song “Californication”. Is California culture where all these conspiracy theories came from? I don’t know, but there certainly are a number of rich and famous people living in Los Angeles that believe some really crazy things.

An article came out recently exposing Shaq as a flat-Earther too. Come on man, not Shaq! This guy is on television all the time. He’s a likable guy. But seriously, unless he’s talking about basketball, don’t listen to him.

I really want to believe he was joking when he said this:

“It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yes, it is. 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. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this s*** is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.” – Shaq

Shaq is far from being the only one. Kyrie Irving is also a flat-Earther, and he has told us so on multiple occasions. To him, he is just passing it off as having his own beliefs, as if everything is up for debate and facts don’t exist.

There is absolutely no reason for me to jump in here and debate a flat-Earther, but I will say this: if you honestly believe the Earth is flat, you are calling thousands of hard working people around the world liars. You are calling NASA liars. We have walked on the moon. We have satellites orbiting the Earth, and we have spacecraft far far away from Earth exploring other planets and someday other solar systems. Please just cut it with this flat-Earth theory.

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Author: esportsblogger

I am a graduate student studying chemistry and will soon have my PhD. I also write about eSports, mainly Call of Duty.

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