When will people in the media learn that not every good joke is a ‘good joke’?
Three Atlanta sports radio morning show hosts have been fired after a segment ran of the crew mocking former Saints player, Steve Gleason who is battling ALS. The segment was a part of the “Mayhem In the AM” show on 790 The Zone in Atlanta.
The crew had first been suspended but later Monday afternoon had been given their pink slip.
790 The Zone General Manager Rick Mack released this apology and statement…
“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.”
The segment occurred during the program hosted by Steven “Steak” Shapiro, Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini and began with a discussion of Gleason’s guest column in Sports Illustrated. It soon devolved into an apparent attempt at humor that included someone using a robotic voice effect pretending to be Gleason.
LISTEN: “Mayhem In The AM” segment mocking Steve Gleason
Although Gleason did not initially make any statement, Clare Durrett, the executive director of Team Gleason, spoke with The Times-Picayune.
“At this time, we don’t feel the need to issue a statement as it just takes time away from the important things Steve and Team Gleason are doing,” Durrett told The Times-Picayune on Monday afternoon. “Currently, Steve is enjoying a much needed vacation in the Northwest and spending time with friends and family. He is having an extraordinary day so far, having been the guest writer for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback and is now interviewing Pearl Jam.”
Radio jocks and television personalities have taken shots at everything from race, to gender preference, to illnesses, and after suspension or firing the message that this is inappropriate is still not received. This type of behavior is not condoned by anyone. Living in Atlanta I have met, worked with and listened to these guys for years, while I do believe they are not horrible people, I do believe the decision to do this skit was of the worst decision that could have been made. I applaud the Zone’s GM for making the decision to let them go.
Your Jersey Girfriend,