You would think by now people would learn, especially celebrities.
Unfortunately for Shaquille O’ Neal, rapper Waka Flocka Flame, and Utah Jazz basketball player Trey Burke, all three have been hit with a lawsuit for mocking a Detroit man with a rare disorder on social media.
According to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Macomb County, Michigan, the victim Jahmel Binion claimed that all three celebs poked fun of his appearance and “posted ‘offensive communications’ that reached more than 8.4 million readers, causing severe emotional distress to Binion,” The Wrap reported.
The lawsuit as well claimed, “The defendants’ communications clearly implied that the plaintiff was an appropriate object of mockery, ridicule and shame. The defendants’ communications had the effect of lowering the plaintiff’s reputation in the eyes of those who respected the views and opinions of the defendants.”
It continued, stating: “The defendants’ communications were false because the plaintiff’s medical condition is not an appropriate reason for mockery, ridicule and shame.”
Jahmel Binion suffers from a rare disorder called ectodermal dysplasia in which results to deformities of the teeth, hair, and the inability to sweat. If overheated, Binion may faint or suffer from a heat stroke, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Reports have indicated that both Shaq and Waka Flocka Flame personally contacted the man by phone and apologized. The trio as well took the time to publicly apologize on Twitter for their mistakes.
Regardless of their apologetic actions, Jahmel Binion didn’t believe they were sincere.
“When they said sorry, I felt like they were saying it to get the pressure off of them for being considered ‘bad people,’” Binion said. “Even though I accept their apology, I still hope that they donate to my cause or other organizations that connect with ectodermal dysplasia,” Binion told the Oakland Press.
The Wraps has reported that Binion seeks $25,000 in damages for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and other various allegations.