shaquille o'neal & Jahmel Binion

*Shaquille O’Neal posted an insensitive photo imitating a guy from Detroit named Jahmel Binion on Instagram who has a rare disorder called ectodermal dysplasia and then, later apologized.

Binion recently started an anti-bullying campaign after O’Neal poked fun at his rare condition. 

But the former NBA superstar announced on social media the two are now friends.

“Made a new friend today when I called and apologized to Jahmel Binion. Great dude,” he tweeted earlier this week.

Ectodermal Dysplasia affected Binion’s face, teeth and hair. He didn’t understand why a role model would make fun of him.

“I was thinking ‘Man, he’s supposed to be this role model, someone everyone is supposed to look up to. If Shaq does something like this,” Binion said, everyone who follows him “will think, ‘We should do this.'”

The photo was taken down after the controversy. O’Neal reiterated on Wednesday that the two are friends.

“Had the opportunity to talk to Jahmel Binion yesterday and apologize about the post on IG!”

This comes after the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias wrote an open letter on Monday to O’Neal saying “bullying is never acceptable.”