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Shaq under fire for mocking disabled fanís selfie
NY Post ^ | 4/29/14

Posted on 04/29/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is under fire for mocking a disabled fan’s selfie.

The retired athlete posted a picture on Instagram of his own contorted face next to Jahmel Binion’s selfie.

FOX 2 reports the post, captioned “Smile today,” earned more than 14,000 likes, with former University of Michigan athlete Trey Burke and rapper Waka Flocka Flame joining in on the teasing.

The post has been deleted. But for Binion, the damage has been done.Modal Trigger In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Shaquille O’Neal made fun of a disabled fan’s selfie.

With missing teeth and abnormal hair growth caused by the rare disorder ectodermal dysplasia, the Michigan man is used to getting bullied — but Shaq’s mockery was too much to bear.

He considered Shaq his basketball idol and respected the former high-profile athlete’s charitable works and advocacy for disadvantaged children in America.

“I’ve been getting teased since I was yay (sic) tall. People laugh at me, stare at me,” Binion said. “I was kind of hurt because I’ve always looked up to him. I’ve watched Shaq play basketball since I was (inaudible), so I was like, why are you making fun of me? He is supposed to be this role model.”

Despite the abuse, Binion has a positive outlook. He said the cruel taunts have inspired him to start an anti-bullying campaign called Hug Don’t Judge.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bullying; liberalhypocrisy; nba
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Video at link. And Shaquille O'Neill could not be reached for a comment. I suppose his PR lackeys are preparing some lame meaningless apology. I'm not into basketball, but I've HAD some respect for Shaq, until now. So it's OK for him to pile on the bandwagon to all but burn at the stake some crazy old man for saying stupid things about some overpaid jocks, but it's cool to make fun of some kid who's face is disfigured through no fault of his own? So much for all that stop the bullying crapola. Classy, real classy
1 posted on 04/29/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Yup. I had some respect for the guy but he’s just another fraud.


2 posted on 04/29/2014 9:22:57 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Impala64ssa

I would assume that this will cost him millions. Brilliant intellects always find their pedestal sooner or later.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 9:25:09 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

“Yup. I had some respect for the guy but he’s just another perpetual adolescent.”


4 posted on 04/29/2014 9:25:20 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Impala64ssa

Will Shaq be banned from commentating NBA games, will he be banned from NBA arenas as well


5 posted on 04/29/2014 9:27:37 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Impala64ssa

I like shaq but what he did is about the same thing that the nba owner did. We deal with special needs people all the time. What he did was harsh and needless.


6 posted on 04/29/2014 9:27:56 PM PDT by oldenuff2no (Citizen.)
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To: Impala64ssa

The young Mr. Binion is taking it all in stride. He’s a classy young man and Shaq ought to be ashamed of himself.


7 posted on 04/29/2014 9:28:22 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Impala64ssa

Shaq, you are one DUMSUMBITCH.

8 posted on 04/29/2014 9:30:48 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Impala64ssa

“Waka Flocka Flame”
Who the hell is this? I must refrain from commenting or I will be banned from FR as a certain NBA owner was this morning.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 9:33:33 PM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Nothing real will come of this.

....some animals are more equal than others.


10 posted on 04/29/2014 9:33:50 PM PDT by Aurorales (I will not be ridiculed into silence!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Will Shaq be banned from commentating NBA games, will he be banned from NBA arenas as well.

Not unless he dissed on blacks or homos or muzzies. But I repeat (tripeat) myself.

11 posted on 04/29/2014 9:34:34 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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The person he dissed on IS black..and the other idiots who mocked this young man are also black..so black on black bullying..nothing will come of it, they will just say “Aww Shaq was just being his immature self” now, if Shaq were a Republican, CNN would take time off from looking in a black hole for a plane to report on this non stop


12 posted on 04/29/2014 9:42:34 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Impala64ssa

I’m sorry but is everybody a freaking victim?

“Somebody hurt my feelings once so I guess I’m gonna die.”

I’m sorry the guy has his feelings hurt but non-disabled people get their feelings hurt every day too. If you aren’t black, brown or disabled, no one pays any attention and you get over it already.

What I would tell my kid is that the guy has no class, forgive him, pray for him and get on with your life.

Getting revenge may seem sweet at the time but it will ruin you along with the hatred you accumulate from your grievances.


13 posted on 04/29/2014 9:47:21 PM PDT by tiki
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Nothing to worry about; you can only get banned from the NBA for life if you use the “n” word.

You can mock the disabled or, heck, commit murder, treason and armed robbery and you’ll only get fined.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 10:19:06 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Impala64ssa
Wow! Shaq's a real douche bag.


15 posted on 04/29/2014 10:26:14 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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I’m sorry but is everybody a freaking victim?
Yes, but in this case it's the double standard that's so repugnant. Shaq, a grown man (well in the physical sense, anyway), who, by his celebrity status is supposed to be a POSITIVE role model, by joining the crowd calling for Sterling's head on a platter is crying victim himself, yet he turns around and gets his rocks off making fun of and "dissing" some kid who BTW, is no where near as privileged as him.
16 posted on 04/29/2014 10:52:39 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

That was gonna be my question. Will he be banned from making business decisions for teams?


17 posted on 04/29/2014 10:55:32 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Impala64ssa

Exactly.


18 posted on 04/29/2014 11:03:03 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Impala64ssa

It isn’t everyday that someone posting a selfie is physically handicapped or sensitive about their deformity. Shaq probably also have thought the picture was a joke or just a guy making faces before realizing there was a disability involved.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 2:08:27 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: Impala64ssa

Good I’ve been screaming at the media idiots over this.


20 posted on 04/30/2014 2:46:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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