POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:35pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU-CNN) — Former New Orleans Saint and ALS patient Steve Gleason issued a statement on the segment in which three radio hosts mocked him in his battle with the debilitating disease in a segment that enraged listeners.
"Regarding the DJ skit in Atlanta yesterday. I would like to thank the public for their support. ‘Defend Team Gleason’ now has been officially redefined. Additionally, the DJs have provided genuine apology. Received and accepted. We have all made mistakes in this life. How we learn from our mistakes is the measure of who we are," Gleason said via a Facebook post.
"I think everyone can learn from this event. It's clear to me that, on a national and global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why it's under funded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Lets talk about this… There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS. See what we are doing to change that @ teamgleason.org. SG"
After the segment, the hosts were suspended then later fired Monday.