Atlanta radio station fires 3 for Steve Gleason comments

UPDATE: FOX 8 received this brief statement from 790 The Zone Monday evening:

Apology and Update Regarding This Morning's Mayhem in the AM Program

"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. 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."

— Rick Mack, 790 The Zone Sr. VP & General Manager


Atlanta, Ga. - An Atlanta radio station, 790 The Zone, is under fire Monday after one of its radio shows, "Mayhem in the AM," reportedly made fun of former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS.

According to Pro Football Talk, Gleason was the subject of a Monday morning segment that made fun of his disability.

An article by Pro Football Talk says, "ALS has robbed Gleason of the ability to do most of the simple everyday things that most of us take for granted, like speaking and using his hands. As a result, the only way Gleason is able to communicate is to use computer software that allows him to type with his eyes, and provides him with a voice to speak. The guys at 790 The Zone apparently thought it would be funny to engage in a mock interview in which they poked fun at Gleason and used a robotic voice to portray things Gleason might say."

The radio station's General Manager Rick Mack released a statement Monday apologizing for the comments.

"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."

Scott Shanle responded to the incident by tweeting, "This goes beyond stupidity. No words."

Greg Bensel, Senior VP of Communications with the Saints, released a statement saying, "The New Orleans Saints support Steve Gleason not only for what he means to our organization and our city but more importantly what he means in his tremendous fight to find a cure for ALS...we have not heard the radio report, but if what is reported is accurate, it is grossly offensive."