Shaquille O’Neal is standing by his questions if the Earth is actually round.
The NBA hall of famer appeared on The Kyle & Jackie O Show on Tuesday and was asked if he still believed his controversial flat earth comments in 2017.
“It’s a theory,” O’Neal told co-hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson. “It’s just a theory, they teach us a lot of things.”
He then used his recent flight from the U.S. to Australia as an example. “I flew 20 hours today, not once did I go this way,” he said, gesturing his arm diagonally. “I flew straight.”
He went on to note that he “didn’t tip over” or “go upside down” during the flight.
He was then asked how someone could travel to the other side of the world in different directions. “It’s still a straight line,” O’Neal replied, “you don’t go under.”
“It’s just a theory,” he said again. “It’s a conspiracy theory.”
O’Neal also shared his doubts on if the Earth actually spins.
“You know they say the world is spinning? I’ve been living on a house on a lake for 30 years, not once did the lake rotate to the left or right,” he told the hosts.
“If we’re spinning so fast, why are we dizzy?” Sandilands responded. “I don’t get that either.”
O’Neal agreed. “I like listening to theories,” he said. “It’s not about figuring them out, or he’s wrong or he’s right — it’s just a theory.”
The NBA Hall of Famer first made his opinion known in 2017 while chatting with co-host John Kincade on The Big Podcast With Shaq.
“It’s true. The Earth is flat,” he said at the time. “Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind—what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, the first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America.”
“I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me,” he continued. “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.”
He then went on to dispute satellite imagery, calling it “drawn and made up.”