Disabled Man Sues Shaq For Mocking Him On Instagram
Daily Mail Reports:
A disabled man is suing former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal and two other celebrities for ridiculing his appearance in an online post.
Jahmel Binion, 23, claims he suffered emotional distress after O’Neal posted a picture on Instagram of his own contorted faced next to Binion’s with the caption ‘Smile Today’.
The April post gained more than 14,000 likes, with basketball player Trey Burke and rapper Waka Flocka Flame joining in on the teasing.
Following a public backlash, the post was deleted and both Shaq and Burke apologized to Binion.
However, the Michigan man has filed a lawsuit in Macomb County alleging that O’Neal, Burke and Waka Flocka Flame intentionally inflicted emotional distress, invaded his privacy and defamed him, Macomb Daily reported.
In the lawsuit, Binion claims the mocking photos ‘constituted a public disclosure of embarrassing private facts about the plaintiff’ and ‘placed plaintiff in a false light in the public eye.’
Binion was diagnosed with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia as a baby, a disorder which causes sparse hair growth, missing teeth and facial deformities.
He said he struggles to hold down a job and can’t work in hot conditions.
Binion said he was dumbfounded to see thousands of internet users mocked his picture when it appeared on Shaq’s feed.
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