Radio hosts fired for comments about ex-NFLer suffering from ALS

Former NFL player Steve Gleason attends the Social Innovation Summit in May. (Cindy Ord/Getty...

Former NFL player Steve Gleason attends the Social Innovation Summit in May. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Social Innovation Summit/AFP)

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Three hosts of an Atlanta radio station were suspended and then fired after they made light of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason's battle with ALS.

Sports radio station 790 The Zone confirmed Monday that all three people involved in the segment on the "Mayhem in the A.M." morning show have been terminated.

Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino were the three hosts who were fired after they aired a mock interview with Gleason that used a robotic voice to represent Gleason, who has lost his ability to speak. According to NFL.com, they also joked about Gleason's life expectancy.

The station issued a statement, which read, "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."

Gleason, 36, has written and talked about the connection between football and the nerve disease he has.

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