Shaq Under Fire After Bullying A Disabled Fan On Instagram (VIDEO)

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has been?criticized?by fans?after posting a photo on his Instagram account mocking Michigan-native Jahmel Binion.

Shaq was not the only person to cyber-bully Binion. Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke and rapper Waka Flocka Flame also joined in the bullying according to The Root.

23-year-old Binion has ectodermal dysplasias, a rare condition which includes?reduced ability to sweat, missing teeth and fine, sparse hair, according to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias. At least?one in 5,000-10,000 babies are born with the condition.


Binion said being teased and bullied isn’t new to him.

“I’ve been getting teased since I was yay tall,”?he said to FOX 2 News. “People laugh at me, stare at me.”

O’Neal must have felt some shame since he has deleted the offensive photo from his account. However, fans have continued to be very active in expressing their anger, hurt, and feelings of betrayal.

The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias?wrote an open letter to O’Neal on its website to address the cyberbullying. They?stated the community was “terribly disappointed by the hurtful image.”

The foundation also said the incident is an opportunity for O’Neal to create positive change regarding the condition and those it affects.

Binion could have decided to react in a hostile manner but instead he started?the?HUG DON’T JUDGE Facebook page?to encourage positivity and shine a light on cyberbullying. The group has been growing by leaps and bounds and is providing a space for those affected by ectodermal dysplasias to share their stories, photos, and experiences with the condition.

On Tuesday both?Shaquille O?Neal and current NBA player and former Michigan basketball star Trey Burke called?Jahmel Binion’s cell phone to offer apologies and sent out tweets.

Binion had this to say about it to the?Detroit Free Press:

“I accepted the apologies,? Binion said ?But I think they should do something more public. … I’m not alone.”

Perhaps the men could make a donation to the?National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias?or support the HUG DON’T JUDGE movement. Either way, tweeting an apology doesn’t seem like enough.

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Laurie Bertram Roberts is the president of Mississippi National Organization for Women, a feminist activist, full spectrum doula and writer in Jackson, MS. Her family suspected she was trouble when at age 8 she preferred reading weekly news magazines over girly magazines. Her early fascination with liberal ideals, women's rights, was not quite welcome in her conservative fundamentalist Christian home. She is incredibly passionate about reproductive justice and fighting all forms of oppression. When not speaking truth to power she is likely hanging out with her children watching sci fi or doing other nerd like things.