(CBS) — An Atlanta sports radio personality and two others were fired after an attempt at humor backfired and went viral.
Nick Cellini of the “Mayhem in the A.M.” show on 790 The Zone aired a segment this morning mocking former Saints player Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS.
ALS has taken Gleason’s ability to do most daily functions, like walk, talk or use his hands. As such, the 36-year-old Gleason relies on a special computer that allows him to type with his eyes and provides him with a voice to speak.
This morning, Cellini conducted a mock interview with Gleason in which he used a robotic voice to mimic things Gleason might say.
In the wake of this segment, Cellini was suspended indefinitely and the station released the following statement:
“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.”
Sports Illustrated reported Monday that a total of three radio employees were terminated.