Atlanta radio station suspends hosts for skit mocking Steve Gleason
A group of hosts at 790 the Zone in Atlanta were suspended for mocking Steve Gleason and ALS in a skit on Monday morning.
On Monday morning, Sports Illustrated published a marvelous and touching version of "Monday Morning Quarterback" written (with his eyes) by former Saints player Steve Gleason. So naturally a trio of Mayhem in the AM hosts for 790 the Zone in Atlanta took to the air and performed a skit mocking Gleason, which spread around the Internet thanks to an LSU message board.
The audio eventually emerged thanks to our friends in 106.1 the Ticket in New Orleans. It is, somehow, worse than you could ever imagine. The people involved in the skit have now been "suspended indefinitely," the station announced Monday afternoon.
"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," Rick Mack, senior VP and general manager said in a statement released by the radio station. "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."
I haven't personally heard the skit and, to my knowledge, the audio of said skit isn't up on the Internet. But making a joke of someone who has ALS by mocking them on a radio station in a major American market isn't the smartest way to advance your career.
It's wholly inappropriate and absolutely deserving of a suspension, at the very least.
One of the hosts, Nick Cellini, apologized for the skit on Twitter earlier in the day.
My apologies to everyone. It was a stupid attempt at humor that backfired. Emphasis on stupid.— Nick Cellini (@NickCellini) June 17, 2013
Obviously, that wasn't enough to satisfy the understandably angry group of people offended by the skit -- a group which, also understandably, includes former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita.
When -- or if? -- 790 the Zone brings back Mayhem in the AM they could face more strong reaction from listeners. And they should. Actively making a decision to mock another human being facing a life-threatening disease is an entirely classless act.
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