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Saints News 6/17/13: Atlanta Radio Hosts Take Stupidity To New Level By Mocking ALS-Stricken Steve Gleason

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WOW! Just WOW! The hosts of "Mayhem in the AM" on Atlanta's 790 The Zone made the very poor choice of airing a mock interview segment this morning that poked fun at Gleason and used a robotic voice to portray things they thought he might say. The worst part was apparently when the hosts wondered aloud if Gleason would be alive next week. These three hosts have been suspended indefinitely by the radio station. What a bunch of dumb-asses! This classless stupidity was apparently conceived when the hosts saw Gleason's guest MMQB segment at SI.com this morning. By the way, I highly recommend everyone read Gleason's MMQB. Very inspiring! If nothing else, the stupidity of these radio hosts may actually help the public become more aware of ALS, which is a goal Gleason skillfully writes about in his MMQB article.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sports Hangover has the Gleason audio, people! Gather &#39;round!</p>&mdash; 790 The Boned (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/346720126705496065">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gus says he heard the Falcons org came down hard in favor of shoving it right up those 790 guys&#39; asses re: the Gleason stuff. Good for them.</p>&mdash; 790 The Boned (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/346725783097716736">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat">@angrywhodat</a> Just incredibly bad. No redeeming value whatsoever. Wouldn&#39;t have been funny under any circumstances, Gleason or no. Terrible.</p>&mdash; 790 The Boned (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/346727193537302529">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat">@angrywhodat</a> One of the jocks, literally like 5 seconds in, says out loud: &quot;I don&#39;t think I wanna play.&quot;</p>&mdash; 790 The Boned (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/346728298707025920">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Statement from the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> on the Atlanta radio segment through spokesman Greg Bensel: The New Orleans Saints support Steve Gleason...</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/346727890278313984">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;... not only for what he means to our organization and our city but more importantly what he means in his tremendous fight to find ...&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/346728035640299520">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;...a cure for ALS...we have not heard the radio report, but if what is reported is accurate, it is grossly offensive.&quot; [End]</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/346728073980440578">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>After hearing that audio, this is so much worse than I ever thought it would be</p>&mdash; Louisville Slugger (@FakeJeffDuncan) <a href="https://twitter.com/FakeJeffDuncan/statuses/346724965623685121">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I&#39;m more shocked that not ONE line was remotely close to sniffing a joke. I mean, at least make it_worth_your firing <a href="https://twitter.com/steakshapiro">@steakshapiro</a></p>&mdash; Jompled (@Jompled) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jompled/statuses/346724831271739392">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Wow, just heard the replay of the Atlanta Radio broadcast mocking Steve Gleason.. amazingly horrible. Amazingly tasteless. Unbelievable.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/DMoutonWWL/statuses/346724131976380416">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>As a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> fan, that joke don&#39;t represent our fan base or our organization. That&#39;s on 790 The Zone, NOT ON US! That was unacceptable!</p>&mdash; Nathan Butler Jr. (@ATLSportsNate) <a href="https://twitter.com/ATLSportsNate/statuses/346685217492316161">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Yes, Steak Shapiro co-founded 790 The Zone, but he&#39;s no longer a part owner, so he could be fired for the Gleason bit <a href="http://t.co/VdcnkKQpTj">http://t.co/VdcnkKQpTj</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/346699140484448256">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="http://t.co/XJTIRQKbT0">http://t.co/XJTIRQKbT0</a> .....this goes beyond stupidity. no words.....</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/346694026759663616">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>(404) 261-2970.. <a href="https://twitter.com/790TheZone">@790TheZone</a> phone number for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WHODATS&amp;src=hash">#WHODATS</a> that would like to chime in on their show to inquire about the mocking of Gleason..</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@SaintsNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNews/statuses/346651226420690944">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Here&#39;s the link to Steve Gleason&#39;s Team Gleason page. Hope that gets some extra love today. <a href="http://t.co/JGzddoEKNY">http://t.co/JGzddoEKNY</a></p>&mdash; Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) <a href="https://twitter.com/awfulannouncing/statuses/346687035186237440">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Statement from 790 The Zone from Facebook: &quot;We deeply regret the comments made by Mayhem In The AM this (cont) <a href="http://t.co/dGnW0jN31p">http://t.co/dGnW0jN31p</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/346683199776239616">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If people were misconstruing or overreacting to the 790 AM segment, I&#39;m sure they would have released the audio by now to clarify.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/346672533162037249">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Drunk Bobby is gonna be all over this tonight from da Slippa.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/346668407132921857">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Already can&#39;t stand The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> Y&#39;all Adding Fuel 2 The Fire....<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CantWait&amp;src=hash">#CantWait</a> 2 C U <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MATTHEW&amp;src=hash">#MATTHEW</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/346729159487287296">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I&#39;m going to reserve judgement until I hear this morning&#39;s playback from <a href="https://twitter.com/790TheZone">@790TheZone</a>. But right now I&#39;m enraged. <a href="http://t.co/39KYxJMZFo">http://t.co/39KYxJMZFo</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/statuses/346635346823483393">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Now let&#39;s get the focus back where it should be. Today&#39;s MMQB from <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason">@team_gleason</a>, sitting in for <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing">@SI_PeterKing</a>: <a href="http://t.co/IdeYx3ASC3">http://t.co/IdeYx3ASC3</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/statuses/346689567153332224">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Got together with all my siblings this weekend and we just couldn&#39;t resist taking this pic!… <a href="http://t.co/ZV2erUaN3v">http://t.co/ZV2erUaN3v</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/346669891614547968">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>This Thursday my charity <a href="https://twitter.com/iCAN_Foundation">@iCAN_Foundation</a> will be hosting our 2nd annual FREE football camp at TF South HS: <a href="http://t.co/zxIMCSGZG4">http://t.co/zxIMCSGZG4</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/346702207405666305">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Stay humble on the outside and confident on the inside</p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/346721403468410880">June 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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