=== Atlanta radio hosts fired after mocking Gleason ===
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Three hosts of an Atlanta sports radio show
were fired Monday after they mocked a former NFL player who suffers from Lou
Atlanta radio station 790 the Zone fired Nick Cellini, Chris Dimino and Steak
Shapiro for making comments about Steve Gleason, who played for the New
Orleans Saints from 2000-06.
The hosts did a mock interview with Gleason and imitated a robotic voice.
"We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on "Mayhem
In The AM" on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve
Gleason and his battle with ALS," station general manager Rick Mack said in a
statement. "We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following
their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our
owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of
content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those
touched by ALS."
The Falcons also weighed in on the issue concerning the mockery of the 36-
year-old Gleason, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
in January 2011.
"The content concerning Mr. Gleason was completely inappropriate and is not
representative of the views of the Falcons organization, nor does it represent
the way we conduct our business on and off the field. To single out Steve the
way he was this morning is totally lacking in taste and discretion," the team
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