Locals aghast over radio skit making fun of Steve Gleason
ATLANTA - Radio hosts were fired after making fun of former New Orleans Saint and ALS patient, Steve Gleason.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, causes rapid deterioration of muscles and loss of speech and other functions.
Gleason is wheelchair bound, talks with the help of a computer and his health is fading quickly. Each of those things the radio show poked fun at.
During the skit, one host, while mimicking Gleason's now-robotic-voice, blamed former saint's defensive coordinator Greg Williams for his condition.
The group also mocked Gleason by saying he wished to die.
"It was one of the most offensive things I've ever heard. It was horrifying," said Baton Rouge Saints fan Bridget Babin.
Monday afternoon the radio station quickly issued an apology and placed the hosts on administrative leave indefinitely. The station later announced the hosts were terminated.
Gleason played for the saints from 2000-2006.