Waka Flocka Flame, Shaquile O'Neal Sued For Mocking Jahmel Binion

Despite their apologies, Waka Flocka Flame, Shaq, and Trey Burke all sued by a man they mocked on social media.

Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame is just one of a handful of celebrities named in a lawsuit filed by 23-year-old Jahmel Binion. Months ago Waka Flocka, former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, and NBA player Trey Burke all poked fun of Binion, who suffers from hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (which causes missing teeth and facial deformities), on Instagram and Twitter.

“The defendants mocked and ridiculed the plaintiff, a person completely unknown to themselves in public forums where their activity would be widely disseminated,” the lawsuit says, according to the Macomb Daily. “The defendants’ communications clearly implied that the plaintiff was an appropriate object of mockery, ridicule and shame [and] had the effect of lowering the plaintiff’s reputation in the eyes of those who respected the views and opinion of the defendants.”

The mockery started when Shaq posted a side-by-side picture of himself and a toothless Binion on Instagram with the caption, “Smile today.” Waka Flocka and Burke soon followed suit with pictures of their own.

All three of the men named in the lawsuit did reach out to Binion after the pictures were posted, apologizing for their actions. But Binion revealed to the Macomb Daily that he felt the apologies weren’t 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 is reportedly suing over defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and general negligence.

A screen capture of Waka Flocka, Shaq, and Burke apologizing to Binion via Twitter, and Shaq's initial photo can be found below.

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8 Comments

  • Rau

    I usually hate when people sue celebrities to get money but this i'm okay with. I hope the guy gets some.

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  • Protect Ya Neck

    I wish I could blame it on sensitive ass bitches.. but this one has to be a case where someone who knows him saw the shit and said "lets get rich man, come on". Family member, family friend, maybe even just a random lawyer who met the dude once. I highly doubt that dude actually saw the shit himself and became so upset that he went and found a lawyer. GTFOH even if he did. If he wins this case, all of us non-perfect people can all get rich.

  • Anonymous

    if u look like someone stepped on u and u still post it up on the Internet u diserve to get laught at...i dont understand why u should apologize? getting sued ? are u kidding me ?i could beat that case in 2 appereances

    • Anonymous

      Actually, a claim under intentional infliction of emotional distress can be made, not to mention invasion of privacy (public disclosure of private facts). He will likely survive a motion to dismiss for failure to state a cause of action under both claims.

    • Anon

      get the #@$% out of here... he will lose this. needs to keep his ass off the internet

    • Anonymous

      lol no u couldn't (specially if u black)

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