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Radio hosts suspended for mocking Steve Gleason
By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League Editor
Published: June 17, 2013 at 02:04 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2013 at 02:27 p.m.
Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason was back in the news Monday after penning a thoughtful edition of Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com. (Peter King is in vacation.)
Gleason, who lives with ALS, writes about the connection between football and the nerve disease, the efforts of his foundation, and his world travels. And he does it all typing with his eyes. (Just check it out.)
Somehow, this article inspired some knuckleheaded radio sports talk show hosts in Atlanta to mock Gleason. 790 A-M's "Mayhem in the Morning" ran a segment this morning where they mocked Gleason's speech, which now comes out of a computer program. They also joked about Gleason's life expectancy.
The negative reaction was immediate. Listeners complained and the radio station went into damage control mode. The radio hosts have been suspended.
"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," said SR VP Rick Mack in a statement.
This is what happens when sports radio shows worry more about being edgy and "unfiltered" rather than actually discussing sports. A shock jock must travel down a long road of unimpeded ignorance before arriving at a place where he believes that a segment like this is a good idea.
You can learn more about Gleason's foundation here.