After sports-talk morning show Mayhem in the A.M., which airs on Atlanta radio station 790 The Zone, made fun of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who has ALS, the station has suspended the show indefinitely.
Wow. 790 The Zone GM just did an on air apology and says Mayhem has been suspended indefinitely. Wow— James Williams (@griftdrift) June 17, 2013
A statement on the incident is posted on the station's official Facebook page:
"We deeply regret the comments made by Mayhem In The AM this morning on 790 The Zone regarding former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. 790 The Zone, Lincoln Financial Media, our sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support the unfortunate and offensive commentary concerning Mr. Gleason this morning. The members of the show involved with this incident have been suspended indefinitely pending further management review of their actions."
News of the morning show's bit was first posted on Tiger Droppings, a Saints- and LSU-centric message board, and it quickly made waves on Twitter. After such strong negative reactions, Mayhem in the A.M.'s Nick Cellini apologized.
My apologies to everyone. It was a stupid attempt at humor that backfired. Emphasis on stupid.— Nick Cellini (@NickCellini) June 17, 2013
Recorded audio of the bit has yet to surface.