Posted June 18, 2013

Steve Gleason accepts fired radio hosts’ apologies

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 Ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason says he accepts the apologies of radio hosts who mocked him. (AP Photo)Gerald Herbert/AP

Ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason says he accepts the apologies of radio hosts who mocked him. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason says he accepts the apologies of three fired Atlanta radio disc jockeys who mocked his Lou Gehrig’s disease in a skit Monday morning.

790 The Zone hosts Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino were fired Monday and apologized to Gleason and others who were offended by the skit.

Guest MMQB: Steve Gleason on his life with ALS, mission for a cure

Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011.

Gleason, 36, wrote on his organization’s Facebook page Tuesday.

“Regarding the DJ skit in Atlanta yesterday. I would like to thank the public for their support. ‘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,” he wrote.

“I think everyone can learn from this event. Its clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why its under funded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Lets 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.”


30 comments
OlmanAguilar
OlmanAguilar

Lets try to get the better message out. A person who is suffering the condition, like Gleason teach us all a lesson, he accepts the apology and try to use  it a constructive way, trying to get out the message about the lack of interest in the disease that he is suffering. I really believe that instead of talking about the first amendment right of free speech, lets get behind the right of the people who are suffering a disease that because is less common, does not get the attentions it deserves. I really will like to hear people talking about the constitutional right of the people with these kind of disease of having the right treatment. If all of us get behind someone as brave as Gleason, we all can make a difference. That is Mr Gleason message, and that is the real topic.

DanRonan
DanRonan

The First Amendment gives me the right to say whatever I want and express myself, however the First Amendment does not mean I may not have to pay a price for what I say, when it's stupid, vulgar, disagreeable or it places the company I work for, in this case the radio station, in a very bad spot.  Radio stations and businesses have the right to fire their employees when they do something really stupid.  Actions have consequences and these three Bozos deserved to be shown the door. 

LONGLIVETYCOBB
LONGLIVETYCOBB

If they were not smart enough to know what they were doing was wrong, making a disabled, dying person the butt of cruel jokes, then they were not smart enough to work there

LONGLIVETYCOBB
LONGLIVETYCOBB

THESE GUYS GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED, HBO SHOULD FIRE BILL MAHER FOR HIS USE OF THE "R" WORD ABOUT TRIG PALIN

maknoblauch
maknoblauch

For those of you saying these radio hosts should not have been fired just for making fun of Steve's condition, would you also say the same for making fun of someone's race, or is that taboo?

Jeff S
Jeff S

I got your back Gleason!

Watchwolf
Watchwolf

Everyone who has done something stupid and didn't lose your job raise your hand. Now let's hear you say these guys should have been fired.

DalePearl
DalePearl

We live in a world where if you rape or murder someone you get a second chance but if you make a stupid comment your career and life are smudged forever go figure.

iclasticons
iclasticons

Once again, the butt of a tasteless joke displays character the "jokesters" can only dream of having. I hope SI or some other media outlet tracks the unemployed DJs for a year to report on whether and how their lives reflect actual positive change consistent with a sincere apology, or whether they revert to their juvenile ways.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Classy guy.  Glad those hosts got fired

6marK6
6marK6

I always love it when these people that get paid to be jerks and say the most insulting things apologize, You know they will do the exact same thing after the heat cools down/ Thank you very little.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

@DanRonan The First Amendment prohibits government from banning or punishing most speech. It has nothing to do with the relationship between a private employer and employees. Very tired of people claiming someone's first amendment rights were violated here. 

BillieBob
BillieBob

@Watchwolf 

Right. Because every mistake is exactly the same. 

Stop trying to out-think the obvious. You're not up to it...

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Watchwolf everyone here who has done something THIS stupid and tasteless in front of an audience this large, in public to embarrass someone else raise their hands....yeah, not the same. 

Chris8
Chris8

@Watchwolf I got fired because I refunded a former employees ticket after he helped me clean a movie theater.  If I could get fired for that, these guys could get fired for what they did.  

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@DalePearl What are you talking about? Who says they won't get another chance? Sounds like you don't think they should have been fired and are using a non-sequitur to prove a stupid point. A guy named larry kruger got fired from a bay area radio station for calling some Giants players, "brain dead" carribeans. Now he's the frickin co-star at the same station. Here's some advice: When a guy who is spending what's left of his short life in a wheel chair gets mocked and insulted on the radio by some jockeys just trying to be funny, side with the guy in the wheelchair everytime.

Shortofbrillant
Shortofbrillant

@DalePearl  If you rape or murder you can't get a job because it stays on your record. They get to walk free, but they sure can't find a job.

These guys were fired for doing something stupid, which all of us would be fired for. Their life is not over, they will be given another chance in the workforce. 

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

@6marK6 I agree. And I love how the station owner gets all self-righteous when their shock jocks do exactly what they were hired to do.

KaitlynnJones
KaitlynnJones

@JasonMacBride @DanRonan You clearly didn't read all of DanRonan's post. Dan said, and I quote, "Radio stations and businesses have the right to fire their employees when they do something really stupid." 

Before criticizing someone, Jason, you should actually read their post.

DalePearl
DalePearl

@atthebarbershop @DalePearl you are right I don't think they should have been fired. Get a thick skin and get over your holier than thou attitude. People say stupid things all the time, it doesn't mean it should cost them their job. Did they say something illegal? Did they steal from the radio station? What laws were broken? Fire the guys in a month or two if their ratings drop but don't fire them for saying something that isn't breaking the law. 

mgbuening
mgbuening

@DalePearl @stabmasterarson21 @atthebarbershop What are you smoking Mr. Pearl?  Where did you learn that you have a right to a job?  I bite my tongue all day long where I work and not more than three people would ever hear anything I had to say.  It is most certainly NOT the American Way to not fire someone for being stupid.  If you want to be a comedian and get paid for making offensive jokes the comedy clubs are FULL of those people.  Go make a living doing that.  If, on the other hand, you want to get paid for being the face/voice of a broadcasting organization you'd better get your head on straight or lose your job.  It's that simple.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@DalePearl @atthebarbershop I think you misunderstood me. They should have been fired. I disagree with your assessment that they will not get another chance. They didn't get fired for what they said. they got fired for showing a lack of judgment. This wasn't one or two things said spontaneously. They wrote a whole script. Dale, would you have done what these guys did? No, you wouldn't have. Why, because who picks on a guy who has less than a year to live because he's got some debilitating disease, for which there is no cure? Only someone who lacks judgment. What other stupid thing would they say/do? They have to be dismissed for lacking judgment and to send a message to other people EVEN thinking about doing something so stupid, ON THE AIR.

jellis7707
jellis7707

@DalePearl @stabmasterarson21 @atthebarbershop It's up to the radio station to decide if people that tell this kind of 'joke' are the type of people that they want representing their company.  You are right, there is freedom  of speech, but what you say may have repercussions.  If you can live with those, then rock on with your bad self.  Otherwise toe the line of a decent society.

DalePearl
DalePearl

@Chris8 @DalePearl @stabmasterarson21 @atthebarbershop I find it funny and sad at the same time that we live in the age of liberalism where we have come to accept just about anything and everything and he we have some DJ's that say a few words that people don't agree with and it is off with their heads for the attitude. Your right, I don't get it. Howard Stern can record the audio of two people having sex and play it on the air and other things that are 1000 times worse than this. He even makes fun of handicapped people all of the time and yet we don't see him getting fired over it. I guess these guys weren't gay enough or in the right minority to find a defense to their lewd behavior... after all that is what it comes down to right? Get enough folks to back you and it is all good? The DJ's apologized,  the guy accepted their apology move on but it should not have caused them to lose their jobs.

Chris8
Chris8

@DalePearl @stabmasterarson21 @atthebarbershop Being able to say whatever you want doesn't exempt you from the responsibility of those words.  Especially not when you're employed by someone else and your actions can reflect on the entire company.  If these guys had been doing a radio show from inside their garage then they wouldn't have had to worry.

 Any good comedian knows that it's not just what you joke about, but how you do it. They just chose to be stupid and juvenile.  You don't have a problem with that?  Hey that's cool, more power to you.  What you think doesn't matter anymore than what I think.  These guys don't have to answer to us.  Their employers on the other hand, and advertisers...  The people who sign their paychecks.  They obviously did have a problem with it. 


And just to clarify: The freedom of speech does not apply to a workplace environment.  If you want to say whatever you want at work, become self-employed.

DalePearl
DalePearl

@stabmasterarson21 @DalePearl @atthebarbershop sounds like you would like to live in China where you can't say anything you feel or joke about. Yeah, I know you want a socialist country where you can't make jokes or anything that could be remotely considered indecent. Yes they said something stupid. Big deal. It is a free country isn't it? That is my point, they are entitled to their disgusting and offensive jokes and it shouldn't cost them their jobs unless their ratings plummet. That is the american way, not firing someone for saying something that is deemed "morally wrong". Why don't you focus on standing up for a person right for having a job instead of building into a society where now people are becoming more and more to say what they feel or what they joke about. Let's not make anymore jokes about Christians, Muslims, Religions, Health Issues, Handicapped people, social status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, sexual activity. Oh! If we move to censure all those there will be no more jokes at all! You don't understand that by supporting their firing you are encouraging the loss of your own freedoms as well.