Shaquille O'Neal has joined the likes of Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, and Wilson Chandler in the firm belief that the Earth is flat, which has us wondering: are basketball players excused from taking Earth Science in college?

The theory of the Earth being flat seems to have become a huge trend despite the fact that this archaic belief has been disproven by the ancient Greek mathematician Pythagoras, Neil DeGrasse Tyson in a rap song after having to explain the truth to a distraught B.o.B. last year who is also an adamant flat-earther, as well as by looking at any freaking picture of the Earth. Shaq’s statements come out of the latest episode of his podcast, “The Big Podcast With Shaq” and to make matters worst his reasoning for his belief leaves you tilting and scratching your head.

Here is Shaq's theory:

"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 shit 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."

An incomplete and inconsistent hypothesis like this raises even more questions about America's education system. How have people been able to fly by without being equipped with the knowledge to understand that science is not a hoax? Well I think Neil Degrasse Tyson needs to get back in the studio and drop a mixtape for the culture as well as the preservation of common sense.

You can hear Shaq's theory below.