Three radio hosts of ‘790 The Zone’, an Atlanta radio station, have been fired for mocking Steve Gleason, a former player for New Orleans Saints suffering from ALS, in an on-air skit. People reacted quickly through Internet and the radio station was literally flooded with angry calls.
The authority first suspended the trio for an indefinite period. They were entirely terminated hours later.
The general manager and senior vice president of ‘790 The Zone’, Rick Mark, released a statement on behalf of the station. The statement said that the station authority deeply regretted what happened on the show ‘Mayhem in The AM’ about former Saints player Gleason and his ailment. It also said that the three hosts involved in the incident were immediately suspended and then terminated from their job.
By apologizing to Gleason, his family, and all the people suffering from ALS, the statement said that the owners, partners, and sponsors of the station ‘790 The Zone’ were never in the favor of endorsing such type of content.
The matter drew another statement from the Falcons. It said that the comments made about Gleason and his ailment on a Monday morning show in a local radio station in Atlanta hugely disappointed the Falcons. By calling the content totally inappropriate, the statement said that the comments did not represent the principles and views of the Falcon organization. It also called the total effort of singling out Gleason for his sickness as discretion and tasteless.
Before getting fired, one of the three hosts, Nick Cellini, apologized to everyone. He posted on Twitter that it was just an idiotic humorous approach that went wrong.
On earlier Monday a close friend of Gleason as well as a former NFL player Scott Fujita expressed his enraged feelings toward the show on ‘790 The Zone’.
He also tweeted that Gleason penned down his experience of living with ALS on early Monday morning and the sick former player had to spend 4 hours for writing that 4,500-word piece.