People from across the country – and especially Saints fans from New Orleans – have been lashing out at a morning DJ team in Atlanta for a segment where they made fun of Steve Gleason and his ALS illness.
According to one poster on TigerDroppings.com, the radio hosts on 790 The Zone “did this 3 minute joke where they pretended that Steve Gleason called in and they asked him questions. Most of his responses were in the form of a knock knock joke and at one point he says he doesn’t know if he will be alive next Thursday.”
Apparently the “joke” was triggered by Gleason’s Monday Morning Quarterback column posted this morning on Sports Illustrated’s website.
The station posted a formal apology Monday afternoon, saying, “We deeply regret the comments made by Mayhem 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.”
In addition, one of the hosts, Nick Cellini, tweeted:
My apologies to everyone. It was a stupid attempt at humor that backfired. Emphasis on stupid.—
Nick Cellini (@NickCellini) June 17, 2013
This apology was only after hundreds of people posted on the station’s Facebook page calling for more than an apology.
Scott Fujita, a former Saint who has maintained a close friendship with Gleason since leaving the team, tweeted:
Gleason himself has not spoken publicly about the incident.