Ex-NFL Player with ALS Accepts Apology from Radio Hosts Who Mocked Him
Former NFL player Steve Gleason, who now suffers from ALS, accepted the apology of three Atlanta radio hosts who were fired on Monday after mocking the debilitated former football player.
"Received and accepted," Gleason wrote of the apologies. "We have all made mistakes in this life. How we learn from our mistakes is the measure of who we are."
Three Atlanta radio hosts were fired on Monday after they ran a segment in which a Gleason impersonator "called in" to the show and mocked him in a robotic voice (Gleason needs a computer to speak for him).
As Breitbart Sports wrote, a sample joke included:
Smother me. Do me a favor.
Gleason said this incident could bring more awareness to ALS and potential cures for the horrific disease.
He wrote (presumably with eye tracking technology) on his Facebook page on 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.
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. See what we are doing to change that @ teamgleason.org. SG