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Saints News 6/18/13: Steve Gleason Issues Statement Accepting Apologies From Atlanta Radio Hosts

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See below for his full statement. He is a most impressive human being! In other news, the Packers released LB Desmond Bishop. Should the Saints go after him?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ex-NFL player with ALS responds after radio hosts fired for mocking him <a href="http://t.co/qviSsZdEOw">http://t.co/qviSsZdEOw</a></p>&mdash; CBS News (@CBSNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSNews/statuses/347075057396375552">June 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;Regarding the DJ skit in Atlanta yesterday. I would like to thank the public for their support. &#39;Defend Team... <a href="http://t.co/ZnYMbIUPvh">http://t.co/ZnYMbIUPvh</a></p>&mdash; Nola Chick (@chicksndahuddle) <a href="https://twitter.com/chicksndahuddle/statuses/347088040797302784">June 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Steve Gleason is a greater man than most

Steve Gleason releases statement following Atlanta radio segment | NOLA.com
"Regarding the DJ skit in Atlanta yesterday. I would like to thank the public for their support," he wrote. "'Defend Team Gleason' now has been officially redefined. Additionally, the DJs have provided genuine apology. Received and accepted. We have all made mistakes in this life. How we learn from our mistakes is the measure of who we are.

"I think everyone can learn from this event. It's clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why it's underfunded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Let's talk about this ...

"There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS. See what we are doing to change that @ teamgleason.org. SG"

Steve Gleason accepts apologies of Atlanta DJs | wwltv.com New Orleans
A day after three Atlanta radio hosts were fired for mocking Steve Gleason’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the former Saints player issued a response, accepting the apology of the men responsible for the skit.

Gleason accepts the apologies of radio hosts | ProFootballTalk
Gleason’s work on behalf of others with the disease has been remarkable and uplifting. But his forgiveness might be as impressive, and an example for each of us.

Fired radio hosts offer apologies for making fun of Steve Gleason | ProFootballTalk
"I deeply regret the ill attempt at humor from this morning’s show," Cellini wrote on Facebook on Monday night. "I have personally apologized to Steve Gleason and his wife. The comments were insensitive and offensive and do not represent my personal views regarding the severity of the disease."

Community outraged over Steve Gleason skit | wwltv.com New Orleans
"I can't say what I thought about it on TV because it was kind of like, 'those stupid you know what' and I said I can't believe they did that," said WWL Radio Host Bobby Hebert. Hebert says he got his first big break in radio at that very Atlanta station> He said he knows the men behind the joke all to well. "I guess if I didn't know them I would be like, how in the world could they do that? But I am not surprised because they are kind of on the edge," said Hebert during the radio broadcast Monday.

Atlanta radio hosts fired for mocking Steve Gleason | Audibles - SI.com
The co-hosts of Atlanta sports-talk radio show "Mayhem in the A.M." on 790 The Zone have been fired, one of them tweeted, in the wake of the controversy over a skit that made fun of former Saints player Steve Gleason. Gleason is this week's guest columnist for Monday Morning Quarterback.

Radio stunt mocking former Saint Steve Gleason costs jobs
Radio stunt mocking former Saints player Steve Gleason cost three Atlanta radio employees their jobs.

Radio show hosts fired for mocking Steve Gleason | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Even in the wacky world of sports talk radio, some jokes just aren’t funny. Three former employees of an Atlanta station were suspended Mon…

O.J. Brigance and Steve Gleason are heroes in fight to cure ALS - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
O.J. Brigance and Steve Gleason are heroes in fight to cure ALS. O.J. Brigance and Steve Gleason are heroes in fight to cure ALS

Saints Nation: 790TheZone Mocks Steve Gleason Recap, Including Audio and Transcript

If you're a Saints fan, it's almost humanly impossible that you weren't clued into the story that pretty much blew up twitter yesterday.

Steve Gleason Target of Jokes, Results in Firings and Atlanta Falcons Coming to His Aid - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

790 The Zone, a sports radio station based in Atlanta, has a morning segment correctly titled Mayhem in the A.M. that made headlines Monday for unethical jokes targeted at former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason.

What Steve Gleason means to the Saints - Who Dat Dish

I was absolutely disgusted to hear that 790 the Zone in Atlanta had the guile to make fun of former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason because he is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The criticism was immediate from listeners in Atlanta, New Orleans, and even from the Atlanta Falcons.

Fired Atlanta radio host Nick Cellini promises to donate future earnings to Team Gleason | NOLA.com

Chris Dimino also apologizes again on Facebook

Transcript of Atlanta radio show segment mocking Steve Gleason's ALS affliction | NOLA.com

Hosts make mockery of Gleason's battle vs. ALS

Fired Atlanta radio hosts, one a Tulane grad, apologize for mocking Steve Gleason | NOLA.com
All three were fired for incident on Mayhem in the AM radio show

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