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Fired radio hosts offer apologies for making fun of Steve Gleason

Steve Gleason

Former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason and his wife Michel walk onto the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


The three Atlanta radio knuckleheads who thought it would be hilarious to make fun of former Saints safety Steve Gleason’s struggle with ALS have all issued abject apologies after they were fired for the stunt.

Nick Cellini, Chris Dimino and Steve “Steak” Shapiro are the three “Mayhem in the A.M.” hosts who were fired by 790 The Zone for the bit, and they’ve all released statements saying they’re sorry.

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.”

“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.”

The question these apologies doesn’t answer is, What were they thinking? There may be no statement that can answer that.