What is this, kindergarten?!?!
I'm "short", and it has virtually no barring on my life. As an "athlete" who has gone through a LOT of injuries and surgeries, I can tell you that any person who elects to have a surgery like this to gain THREE inches is an idiot no matter how tall or short they actually are. And that idiocy PROBABLY has more of a bearing on how "society" acts towards them.
Can the guy ever run or jump around the same again after that surgery? Is even going to try?!?! Three inches taller, and he's probably now 1000x more useless on a basketball court.
Are we sure this wasn't an Onion piece or something?