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Man sues Shaquille O'Neal over selfie mockery


MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online.

Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

The Detroit Free Press says Binion took a picture of himself last summer, and it later was mocked by O'Neal on Instagram and Twitter. A number of others mocked it online as well.

According to The Macomb Daily, Binion has hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which is characterized by a reduced ability to sweat, sparse hair growth, missing teeth and facial deformities.

Upon learning about Binion's condition, O'Neal apologized in April.

The Associated Press on Thursday left messages for two O'Neal representatives.

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bldashes1028 August 01 2014 at 4:48 AM

This guy should just take the apology and leave it at that. Why sue a guy who didn't know you have a condition that just received a more recognition because you were mocked by Shaq. Maybe if he really cared about the condition and research towards it he could get Shaq to do a PSA on it, or hold an even towards research on the condition.

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ron.white4 July 31 2014 at 5:16 PM

boycott gold bond,icy hot and everything else he endorses!!!!!!

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ron.white4 July 31 2014 at 5:17 PM

if shaq was white everybody would have a problem with what he did!!!!!!!!!!!

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geraldpl ron.white4 July 31 2014 at 6:55 PM

I wouldn't make it a racial thing. O'Neal is a jerk by any color. I basically stopped rooting for the Lakers (after being a fan for almost 30 years) when Jerry West--after suffering a near-nervous breakdown--landed O'Neal as G.M. Since "might is right", the fans forgave him for being a bully on-court, refusing to work on his free throws, being forgiven for his patented "double-jump" move (which USED to be traveling), etc. etc. I've got many more examples. I've had a low opinion of this class-less dude for a long time--maybe others are catching up now.

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twalsh4440 geraldpl August 01 2014 at 9:41 AM

Shaq NEVER was a BULLY the only punch he ever threw was against SIR CHARLES who WAS an Idiot Now I Love the GUY

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rptbm July 31 2014 at 5:50 PM

So then why not have a class action suit against all those who mocked the selfie. At least Shaq apologized. It's a money making venture.

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tramirezw July 31 2014 at 10:40 PM

some people just disgustin once they know you have money they try to sue to get money from you in the easy way this is a disgrace, why dont people work for what they wont and stop trying to get it from others the easy way.

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bogusmcgee August 01 2014 at 6:55 AM

Once someone puts a pic on the internet everyone else has the right what they want to say about the pic. End of story.

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twalsh4440 August 01 2014 at 9:23 AM

If he did it he did it. We all make mistakes
Shaq is one of my HEROES and should be everyone's MOVE ON

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