Atlanta radio show hosts fired after mocking Steve Gleason's battle with ALS
POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:20am
UPDATED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 5:19pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU-CNN) — UPDATE: 790 The Zone ammended its apology to say that the three employees have been fired.
ORIGINAL: According to an SB Nation report, an Atlanta morning radio show mocked former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason’s medical condition.
The station posted on its Facebook page that the members of the show involved with this incident have been suspended indefinitely pending further management review of their actions.
The SB Nation report says posts on TigerDroppings.com first brought the incident to light Monday morning.
According to the report, the morning show called “Mayhem in the AM” on 790 The Zone in Atlanta faked a phone call from Gleason for about three minutes.
An archived version of the show was not available on the station’s website Monday morning.
Former teammate and close friend of Gleason, Scott Fujita, tweeted, “I'm going to reserve judgement until I hear this morning's playback from @790TheZone. But right now I'm enraged.”
Co-host of the show Nick Cellini tweeted, “My apologies to everyone. It was a stupid attempt at humor that backfired. Emphasis on stupid.”
The radio station apologized via its Facebook page Monday just after 12 p.m.
"We deeply regret the comments made by Mahem In The AM this morning on 790 The Zone regarding former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. 790 The Zone, Lincoln Financial Media, our sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support the unfortunate and offensive commentary concerning Mr. Gleason this morning. The members of the show involved with this incident have been suspended indefinitely pending further management review of their actions."
Gleason suffers from ALS.