Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason was the target of three Atlanta radio hosts that irresponsible made insensitive and idiotic jokes that attacked and mocked Gleason for his disease. Gleason is suffering from ALS, and three hosts decided it would be a good idea to do a skit making fun of it all.
Somehow the boneheads didn’t think about the consequences, which included public backlash and ultimately the men losing their jobs. The three men involved — Nick Cellini, Chris Dimino and Steve “Steak” Shapiro – were rightfully fired following the incident.
Now that they have had time to realize just how poor of taste their comments were in and how stupid they look for rolling with the skit, they have all issued apologies.
“I love the people and city of New Orleans, always have, always will,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter. “Team Gleason I will work tirelessly to make this up to you.”
“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.”
“The sheer stupidity of trying to put this as a failed attempt at humor is not lost on me,” Dimino wrote on Facebook. “My apologies go out first to Steve Gleason and his family. The weight of what he and they are going through did not need to be made heavier or worse by the pure and straight insensitivity of my actions.”
This is the right thing for each man to do, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that these men publicly mocked a man who is looked up to on a public platform.
All three hosts will have this attached to their name for some time, and hopefully future employers will not trust these clowns to have their own radio show again.