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CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A group of morning show radio hosts in Atlanta was fired after mocking former NFL star and New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. Gleason has ALS which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Many ALS patients lose their agility, mobility and the ability to speak; such is the case for Gleason.

The Atlanta-based radio show, “Mayhem in the AM,” broadcasted a show Monday morning on 790 The Zone. During that broadcast, the show’s hosts mocked Gleason and made disparaging remarks about Gleason.

In a statement, General Manager Rick Mack says the station regretted those comments made about the formerNew Orleans Saints safety.

Although the station lists the hosts at Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino, the names of those fired was not released at the time of this report.

On a Facebook post, Sports Radio 790 The Zone apologized for those comments about Gleason and further stated that the comments were “in appropriate”. The post also had the following paragraph:

“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.” Click here to read the post and the comments in their entirety.

Gleason who played with the Saints between 2000 and 2006, was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2000.

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