By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

CBS DETROIT – Former Michigan basketball star Trey Burke, longtime NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and rapper Waka Flocka Flame took to Twitter to apologize for mocking a Michigan man with a rare disorder characterized by missing teeth and abnormal hair growth.

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The man, Jahmel Binion, took a picture of himself, posted it to Instagram and was promptly mocked, with Shaq snapping a self-portrait that mocked Binion’s appearance. Burke, who now plays for the Utah Jazz, and Waka Flocka Flame reportedly joined in the teasing. Binion suffers from ectodermal dysplasia.

Binion told Fox 2 he has been laughed at and stared at his entire life, but he hardly expected such a response – particularly from celebrities – when he put a selfie online.

“People were coming to me, they were telling me, ‘You’ve got a picture, Shaq posted a picture with you,'” Binion said to Fox 2. “I was kind of hurt, because I look up to him.

“I’m like, ‘Why’s he making fun of me when he’s supposed to be this role model?'” Binion added.

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The man resolved to be positive nevertheless.

“I’ve got a mind view like, ‘I can’t let it get to me,'” Binion added. “Then I’d get hurt and depressed, so I just keep my mind high and positive.”

O’Neal, Burke and Waka Flocka Flame have all publicly apologized for their actions.

Binion responded to all the hubbub by creating a Facebook page entitled, “Hug Don’t Judge.”

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“Rather than bully that person,” Binion said, “go up to them and show them you’re different from everybody else.”