Fired radio hosts in Atlanta mocked Steve Gleason, Lou Gehrig's disease

ATLANTA - Members of Atlanta sports radio show, "Mayhem in the AM," have been fired for a segment allegedly mocking former New Orleans Saint, Steve Gleason, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, according to ESPN.

Gleason, 36, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011, the report said. He has since lost his ability to speak, move and eat.

The three hosts during the 790 The Zone broadcast, Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino, aired a segment that mimicked Gleason and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who also suffers from ALS, reported ESPN.

The show ended with one of the hosts posing as Gleason to ask the two others to do him a favor by smothering him, the report said.

A social media frenzy ensued: Listeners and critics called for the hosts' termination on the station's Facebook page and the hosts issued apologies on Twitter.  

The Atlanta Falcons issued a statement Monday calling the radio hosts' bit "completely inappropriate" and "totally lacking in taste and discretion."


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