O'Neal dropped by The Art of Charm podcast in an episode released Thursday to clear up his comments. The man of a thousand nicknames says it was all a joke.
"I said jokingly, that when I’m in my bus and I drive from Florida to California, which I do every summer, it seems to be flat," O'Neal started. "When I’m in my plane, and we’re getting ready to land, and I open up the window, and I’m looking at all the land that we’re flying over, it seems to be flat.
"This world we live in, people take things way too seriously. But I’m going to give the people answers to my test. Knowing that I’m a funny guy, if something seems controversial or boom, boom, boom, I’ve got to have my funny points on, right? So now, once I have my funny points on, you should eradicate and get rid of all your negative thoughts, right? That’s what you should do when you hear a Shaquille O’Neal statement, okay? …when I want you to take me seriously, you will know by the tone of my voice that I’m being serious." Maybe it's the deep timbre of the Steel star's voice that got everyone going, but his humor seems to have been lost on most, including the co-hosts of his own podcast.