Ex-NBA star Shaquille O'Neal says he's apologized to a Detroit man with a rare disorder for making fun of his appearance in an online post.
Best known as Shaq, the former NBA player said in a Twitter message that he "made a new friend today" when he "called and apologized to Jahmel Binion."
The tweet calls Binion a "great dude."
O'Neal spokesman Rishi Daulat told The Associated Press on Wednesday that O'Neal wrote the tweet.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 30, 2014
Binion has ectodermal dysplasia, which affects his face, teeth and hair. He tells MLive.com he was "confused" when O'Neal posted a picture on Instagram showing him making a face imitating Binion.
The post was later taken down.
The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias wrote an open letter Monday to O'Neal saying "bullying is never acceptable."