(CBS) Following a poor-taste radio segment that poked fun at former Saints defender Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS, three Atlanta sports radio personalities have been fired.
Tuesday afternoon, Gleason released the following statement:
Regarding the DJ skit in Atlanta yesterday. I would like to thank the public for their support. ‘Defend Team Gleason’ now has been officially redefined. Additionally, the DJs have provided genuine apology. Received and accepted. We have all made mistakes in this life. How we learn from our mistakes is the measure of who we are.
I think everyone can learn from this event. Its clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why its under funded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Lets talk about this… There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS. See what we are doing to change that @ teamgleason.org. SG
Gleason, 36, has lost his ability to walk, speak and use his hand since he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. As such, he relies on a computer system that allows him to type with his eyes and provides him with a voice to speak.
During a segment on 790 The Zone’s morning show Monday, three talk show hosts conducted a mock interview with Gleason in which one host used a robotic voice to mimic that of Gleason’s.