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Shaquille O'Neal

Apologizes for Mocking Man

with Genetic Disorder

4/30/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Shaquille O'Neal has called and apologized to a Michigan man with a rare genetic disorder ... who claimed Shaq was mocking him in an Instagram photo. 

Shaq tweeted ... "Made a new friend today when I called and apologized to Jahmel Binion. Great dude. #alwayslearning #MYBADCUZ."

Jahmel -- who has a disorder called ectodermal dysplasia -- had said he felt hurt and bullied when Shaq posted a side-by-side picture on Instagram earlier this week. 

FYI -- ectodermal dysplasia is a condition that causes abnormalities in the teeth, hair, skin and more. 

"I was kinda hurt cause I look up to him," Jahmel told reporters ... "I watched Shaq play basketball the whole season and so I'm like why he making fun of me when he supposed to be this role model?"

Shaq has since removed the image from his page.

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31.

K South West    

Shaq I love you because your from Newark but you have to tone it down a little. Your a great role model but its things like this that sullys your name and this is not what we want our kids to follow. They don't post the community service activities or charities but just the mistakes so be careful shaq and we do appreciate you

143 days ago
32.

Vote2012    

Every county and town in this country who issued Shaq a police badge should take it away from him....he takes great pride in being a cop. If Sterling gets a lifetime ban, Shaq should not be a cop.

143 days ago
33.

jason irvine    

i will never support anything he is connected to. it is easy to spot the ugliest person in that photos. just look on the inside and its very visible.


hey shaq, lets get together and go make fun of some crippled war vets. that sounds like fun. you jackass i could call you a name that hurts pretty bad but i respect people, COLOR, looks, religion, doesn't matter. it does to you. i wish you were born 70 years ago. you would be just a tall side show.

143 days ago
34.

jason irvine    

i will never support anything he is connected to. it is easy to spot the ugliest person in that photos. just look on the inside and its very visible.


hey shaq, lets get together and go make fun of some crippled war vets. that sounds like fun. you jackass i could call you a name that hurts pretty bad but i respect people, COLOR, looks, religion, doesn't matter. it does to you. i wish you were born 70 years ago. you would be just a tall side show.

143 days ago
35.

jason irvine    

easy to spot the freak in the photos, it the side show performer. little people, tight rope walker, and the tall jackass

143 days ago
36.

Kevin    

Why is not Shaquille banned from any NBA games for his tasteless comment about a handicapped individual. Is there any difference than the stupid comment from Sterling that got him in hot water.
There is no difference.
Come on Mr. Silver if you are going to be ethical and fair or are you going to be a two faced liar!

143 days ago
37.

BS    

good deal shaq glad u manned up to this and showed some class by calling the man and apologizing

143 days ago
38.

Fuji    

Ragnar Lothbrok would have said "Put it out to die".

143 days ago
39.

Bob    

lifetime NBA ban and 2.5 mil fine seems about right for Shaq

143 days ago
40.

Mr Barcliff    

LETS STICK TO THE "FACTS" THIS WASNT A RACIST RANT THAT SAID BLACK PEOPLE ARE LESS THAN NOR ANY RACE. THIS WAS A MISJUDGMENT IN CHARACTER AND UNLIKE STERLING, SHAQ CAME WITH AN APOLOGY, REACHED OUT TO THE YOUNG MAN. SEE, HERES THE REAL PROBLEM. ITS NOT ABOUT PEOPLE BEING PERFECT WHEN WE MAKE BAD DECISIONS, ITS ABOUT BEING HUMBLE WHEN WE REALIZE WE DO. SHAQ WAS WRONG, I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN HIM AS WELL BUT, SHAQ HAS "ALWAYS BEEN A CLASSY HUMBLE HUMAN, NOT BLACK NOR WHITE, HUMAN WHEN HE HAS SEEN HES WRONG" THATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT SHAQ DID AND STERLING AND THE FACT STERLING SAID HE TAKES CARE OF BLACK PEOPLE AND DONT BEEN SEEN WITH THEM TO HIS MISTRESS. WHY IS THIS ABOUT STERLING TO THOSE WHO CLEARLY "HATE BLACK SKINNED PEOPLE" THE TRUE IGNORANCE ISNT JUST IN OUR ACTIONS, ITS TRULY IN THE FACT THAT WERE HUMAN AND PRIMITIVE IN OUR MENTALITY AND HAVENT YET REALIZED WHAT STERLING DID AND SAID WAS WRONG TO "ALL HUMANS" NOT JUST BLACK HUMANS. IVE STOOD UP FOR ALL RACES REGARDLESS OF MY OWN BECAUSE UNFAIRNESS IS THE ISSUE. SHAQ MADE A HORRBLE DECISON TO POST A PICTURE WITH HIS. ONCE HE WAS AWARE IT HURT THE YOUNG MAN, UNLIKE STERLING, HE SAID SORRY AND REACHED OUT TO THE YOUNG MAN HE HURT. KNOWING SHAQS CHARACTER, HE MAY SEND THE GUY SOMETHING OR GO SEE HIM OR SEND FOR THE GUY. LETS BE HUMAN AND NOT COMPARE HATRED TO A BAD JOKE. WHITE ,ASIAN AFRICAN ,ALL RACES ARE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE BREATHE THE SAME AIR AND LIVE ON THE SAME PLANET THE WAY GOD INTENDED. I DONT DISCRIMINATE REGARDLESS OF RACE/CREED/COLOR/SEXUAL ORIENTATION FOR ONE REASON, LOVE! TRY THAT OUT AND SEE IF IT FITS!!!! LGNM

143 days ago
41.

John Cabot    

Why hasn't Spike Lee been fired from the NBA for being racist anti white? Why has Jayzee been allowed in NBA for wearing anti white racist jewelry? There can only be one rule. Not a rule for white and no rules for black!

143 days ago
42.

Mr Barcliff    

LOVE IS THE BEST ANTIDOTE TO HATE AND IGNORANCE!!! LGNM

143 days ago
43.

Bob DaMahn    

Shaq and Burke need to both be fined for this or is bigotry ok as long as it is n't racism? Sad that another site that is mainly for African Americans has so many negative comments about this guy and those same people are screaming for Sterling's head http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhq8Bs0lcig5GsglKY

143 days ago
44.

CableGUy    

Ah thats really mean, alright im over it, on to the next story!

143 days ago
45.

homie    

Sterling gets the boot for repeat racial incidents and being a face of the nba.Now shaq also has a history of racial bulling and now this,him also being a face of the nba and a team owner( however small a piece) Quess he'll be barred too!

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