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Atlanta radio hosts fired for mocking Steve Gleason, ex-player with Lou Gehrig’s disease

- Associated Press - Monday, June 17, 2013

ATLANTA — The cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been suspended after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease.

The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast Monday morning on 790 The Zone.

In a statement, General Manager Rick Mack said the station regrets comments that were made about ex-New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason.

The 36-year-old suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS patients typically lose the ability to speak and move over time.

Mack says members of the show involved "have been suspended indefinitely pending further management review of their actions." He didn't give the names of those suspended.

One of the show's hosts, Nick Cellini, took to Twitter to apologize while listeners on the station's Facebook page called for the hosts to be fired.

Gleason played for the Saints between 2000 and 2006.


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