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Falcons call Gleason jokes “totally lacking in taste and discretion”

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It should go without saying that everyone in the NFL finds it appalling that an Atlanta radio station made bad jokes at the expense of former Saints safety Steve Gleason’s struggle with ALS. But the Falcons decided to say it anyway.

The Falcons released a statement on Monday evening saying the team is disgusted that three hosts at Atlanta sports radio station 790 The Zone, which is the Falcons’ flagship station, chose Gleason as the target of their poor attempt at humor.

The Falcons are disappointed in the comments made about former Saints player Steve Gleason on a local Atlanta radio station Monday morning,” the team’s statement said. “The content concerning Mr. Gleason was completely inappropriate and is not representative of the views of the Falcons organization, nor does it represent the way we conduct our business on and off the field. To single out Steve the way he was this morning is totally lacking in taste and discretion.”

On the field, Gleason is best remembered for blocking a punt against the Falcons that led to the Saints’ first touchdown of what turned out to be a 23-3 victory in their first game back at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina had displaced the team and ravaged New Orleans a year earlier. In retirement, Gleason has gained widespread respect for the way he has raised awareness about ALS while publicly discussing his own struggle with the disease.

Hours after the segment making fun of Gleason aired on 790 The Zone, the station fired the three people responsible.

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  1. revskip says: Jun 17, 2013 8:16 PM

    The joke was poorly executed. The lynch mob was more than excessive though.

  2. dumbpollack says: Jun 17, 2013 8:17 PM

    Keep pilling on. There isn’t one person at that complex(Falcons) that would have anything bad to say about these guys. Good guys, bad judgment.

  3. onebucplace says: Jun 17, 2013 8:23 PM

    Here’s my impression of 2000+ America, “I’m going to tell on you” and “you’re not allowed to say that, I’m going to report you!”

  4. uglynora says: Jun 17, 2013 8:24 PM

    They’re idiots. Anyone who says they aren’t is an idiot as well.the joke wasn’t a joke. It wasn’t just poorly executed. ALS is the most brutal disease you can develop. It steals your body, but leaves your brain in tact. It then slowly suffocates it’s victims. What part of that is funny? The more I hear anybody trying to defend this scum it just make me think they should kidnap them and make them move to a place like Atlanta. Though, I am glad to see the Falcons actually distanced themselves from this.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink says: Jun 17, 2013 8:25 PM

    ALS is Lou Gehrig’s disease correct?Real classless by these clowns.

  6. kane337 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:27 PM

    Those 3 guys ran a great morning show and are class guys. That bit was in poor judgement but wasn’t a fire-able offense. They made a mistake. The lynch mob won this one for sure.

  7. skoobyfl says: Jun 17, 2013 8:27 PM

    Seems like these guys will be unemployed soon.

  8. 49erstim says: Jun 17, 2013 8:31 PM

    While the joke was despicable and in obvious bad taste I think firing them was wrong. I have to assume 790 knew what they had with this “mayhem” show. It seems heavy handed to dump it all on these 3 guys like the station managers are aghast and shocked by their “antics”. There was backlash and the station washed their hands with these guys. It’s a cowards tactic if I’m being honest.

  9. tincansailor981 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:34 PM

    Much respect, Atlanta Falcons, well said and well done.

  10. dirtybirds233 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:41 PM

    These are the same guys that were rooting for Vick when he returned to Atlanta a few years ago, and have also made comments about how Atlanta needs a new QB.

  11. hendeeze says: Jun 17, 2013 8:42 PM

    whatever it was a dumb joke. I’m over it

  12. way773 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:42 PM

    It was in poor taste to say the least. How anyone could think ALS would make people laugh is beyond me. Especially with a “smother me” knock knock joke. Disgusting.
    And before someone goes all first amendment just remember, it saves you from prosecution, not pubic opinion or from being fired for being idiotic.

  13. west2south2east2north says: Jun 17, 2013 8:42 PM

    Like I said before, mocking Steve by saying things like “I wish I could still play,” “I’m going to hell,” “Somebody smother me.” That’s cold! They deserved what to get fired.

  14. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jun 17, 2013 8:43 PM

    It disgusts me when people make fun of illnesses.

    It’s retarded.

  15. gobirds11 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:44 PM

    ESPN has nothing on sportscenter nor their website about this story of course. Hypocrites….they’ll beat a story to death unless its related to them somehow.

  16. reporterofthetruth says: Jun 17, 2013 8:46 PM

    A trifecta that failed, as they usually do.

  17. onebucplace says: Jun 17, 2013 8:51 PM

    How about this, you can tell a tasteless joke and people can not like it — but no one has to be fired or suspended over it. Generation Y should really have been called Generation P.

  18. gbpshareholder says: Jun 17, 2013 8:51 PM

    so let the Pro Sports Team take their rightful spot as the Feature Attraction… and let the local sports radio station know that they don’t support this ‘host’ and make him cover the local high schools not the National team….

  19. tduhe1 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:51 PM

    I’m not a real emotional guy, but hearing about this today nearly brought me to tears. This poor guy (Gleason) is literally fighting for his like on a DAILY basis, and has more courage than anybody I’ve ever heard of. How do you poke fun at a guy like that?

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:54 PM

    I’m thankful for all the vigilant morally superior thought leaders that help sanitize our politically incorrect and impure thoughts and words. One day in the not so distant future we will all be bland enough never to offend anyone ever again.

    These 3 guys were very naughty, and should probably go to jail for a long time.

  21. revskip says: Jun 17, 2013 8:57 PM

    If nothing else I have to thank these guys for setting the bar low. The ALS jokes I am planning on telling this week will be much easier to pull off now that they made national news.

  22. seabreezes51 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:00 PM

    A good friend of mine died from ALS.
    These clowns deserve no break for being idiots.
    Maybe they will learn a lesson but I doubt it.

  23. onebucplace says: Jun 17, 2013 9:00 PM

    The guys told a tasteless joke — public ridicule is enough of a response. If you call for them to be fired or suspended you do not believe in free speech, threatening someone’s livelihood is just another way of suppressing other peoples opinions. You can respond by not listening if you choose, by calling them idiots or retards or whatever, but to say you believe in free speech while trying to make these guys homeless for telling a bad joke means you’re either a moron or an lair.

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 17, 2013 9:07 PM

    I’m happy with the outcome. I could care less about any lynch mob mentality.
    It goes without saying that if you’re given the opportunity to project your voice over the airwaves for miles and miles you should use some discretion.

    This wasn’t a spur of the moment bit, this was preplanned. How anyone didn’t stand up for a second and say hey guys, “maybe this won’t be that good” is reason enough for them all to get axed.

    Before anyone starts clamoring for freedom of speech lets get one thing straight: Freedom of speech protects you from the government, but you better watch your damn mouth because you will be held responsible for the things you say especially when you target others maliciously.

  25. heartless85 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:16 PM

    There is some lines you just don’t cross, if you say something so tasteless that you could get fired over, then that’s on you! Freedom of speech or not! You are responsible for whatever flies out of your mouth! They should have thought twice about those jokes and didn’t so hopefully they learned a lesson from this.

  26. uglynora says: Jun 17, 2013 9:23 PM

    The reality is, these three jack-legs are public entertainment figures who are reliant on other people’s willingness or desire to be associated with their show. After today, there is no sponsor in the US (or Atlanta) who would want to have their name associated with them. The station did the expedient thing by releasing them and trying to hang on to the station’s sure to be dwindling sponsor base. You can say it’s a lynch mob mentality, but that’s what advertising is all about – getting groups of people to like you. Sometimes, large groups of people turn on you. And sometimes, you just get what you deserve. I say it’s the latter.

  27. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 17, 2013 9:25 PM

    Bullies beating up someone in a wheelchair is not funny. Anybody who thinks otherwise is an idiot.

    We have freedom of speech. We also have freedom to judge people who say stupid things and fire them for it.

  28. wesleyt4 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:26 PM

    These jack-ass, where going for shock value and controversy. Remember the saying there is no bad press? They probably thought they’d get some headlines and notoriety, have people tuning in to see what all the fuss is about with this talk show. But they got fired instead. Good. Comedy is funniest when it is true and real. But c’mon. Gotta be smarter than that….

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 17, 2013 9:39 PM

    Hey, did you hear the one about Shapiro, Cellino, and Dimino?

  30. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 17, 2013 9:39 PM

    If you are mad they were fired or want to complain about the first amendment you have very low standards for society and are missing the point. This could only be funny to middle school kids who didn’t fully understand what ALS is, and they would still get in trouble for this if they went to a respectable school or had parents who cared about them.

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 17, 2013 9:42 PM

    …So, these three talk show guys are stuck in a witness protection house out in the middle of nowhere, eh? One of them gets up to use the bathroom, eh, and……………stop me if you’ve heard this one before………anyways…..

  32. scarletmacaw says: Jun 17, 2013 9:44 PM

    Too bad for them that they didn’t work for the US government. They could have ended up with extra vacation as a punishment.

  33. onebucplace says: Jun 17, 2013 9:48 PM

    Free speech means you allow for all speech, not just that what you agree with. This is like the left preaching tolerance while trying to lynch anyone that isn’t part of their agenda. Free speech applies to the public airwaves, do you want the government approving what is funny and what isn’t? Well of course you do, however I do not. Every Q-Zoo morning show I find to be highly offensive for the dumbing down of the American people — I don’t listen, I don’t call for them to be fired. Learn about free speech, what it means and why its important before you start lecturing other people, otherwise it makes you sound extremely stupid, and that is not an opinion, that is a fact.

  34. packerbackernj says: Jun 17, 2013 9:48 PM

    I have a some what twisted sense of humor, i also think this country is hypersensitive. That said, the joke was terrible. Didn’t even make me want to laugh. I don’t believe they were fired for what they said, but for what happened based on what they said. Radio is just like any other business, and a joke like this can potentially cost the radio station hundreds to thousands of hypersensitive listeners. It’s like the equivalent of having a promotion at your restaurant, “who ever finds a roach in the meal gets it for free!” They aren’t being arrested for what they said, they were simply fired. Any other business would fire any one of us if we cost them hundreds of customers.

  35. scdocal says: Jun 17, 2013 9:52 PM

    Glad the falcons distanced themselves from this situation. Anybody that thinks this has an reflection on the city or its team or people is an idiot. There are people who make poor choices everywhere. I grew up in Atlanta and still call it home. This is a non story. Life will go on for Mr. Gleason and his family

  36. rawpowwa says: Jun 17, 2013 9:55 PM

    Some day ALS will be as funny as AIDS. I think it’s safe to say that day is not here.

    Here’s to being sthuper sthensitive! Unlike Steve Gleason, who has cojones, and is fighting a real battle.

  37. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 17, 2013 9:57 PM

    Everyone should go find the Steve Gleason piece on HBO Real Sports.

  38. jwired21 says: Jun 17, 2013 10:07 PM

    First of all what a dumb idea and second, how did they think this was funny as they wrote it?

  39. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jun 17, 2013 10:09 PM

    This wasn’t a spur of the moment bit, this was preplanned. How anyone didn’t stand up for a second and say hey guys, “maybe this won’t be that good” is reason enough for them all to get axed.

    Before anyone starts clamoring for freedom of speech lets get one thing straight: Freedom of speech protects you from the government, but you better watch your damn mouth because you will be held responsible for the things you say especially when you target others maliciously.
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    @ilovefoolsball,

    You’re spot on, but good luck explaining it to some of the dopes on this site. Yeah, on your first point, I’m pretty sure radio shows like this involve the hosts and some behind the scenes people sitting down before the show deciding what they’re going to talk about. So, someone said “hey, I have this idea for a really funny skit about that guy from the Saints that now has what is arguably the most awful diseases on the planet, what do you think guys?” And everyone else said “awesome, let’s roll with that”. And not one person said: A) this doesn’t sound very funny, and B) Are you guys effin serious, this is tasteless as hell!

    As to your second point, it’s noble of you to try and explain what free speech/the first amendment actually means, but there are at least a thousand examples that there are a lot of dopes on this site that are either too dumb to know what it means, or they do know and are to dumb or ignorant to care.

  40. shoeflypie says: Jun 17, 2013 10:15 PM

    With position comes responsibility. These three had a very desirable position of exposure and influence in their broadcast area. They failed miserably in the responsibility that came with it.

    To those who are bandying about comments about “freedom of speech”, you don’t know what you are talking about. Freedom of speech applies in the arena of the government passing laws restricting a person’s speech. The concept has no bearing, regardless how you feel about it, in this area. The station (employer) has every right to dismiss (fire) any employee who has tarnished the company.

  41. broncostevenp says: Jun 17, 2013 10:17 PM

    I really didn’t know anything about Gleason, but after reading his story I am shocked. This disease is so awful that this guy was just playing in the NFL (as an elite athlete) 8 years ago? Now he can’t move at all? Please, someone help me here….

    WHAT IS FUNNY ABOUT THAT?

    There isn’t one damn thing funny about that. Anyone that defends these guys just doesn’t get life.

  42. dmgkm says: Jun 17, 2013 10:38 PM

    am i the only one who thought this article was about jackie gleason?

  43. shayeezy says: Jun 17, 2013 10:51 PM

    the wussification of america continues.

    sadly, some morons are actually thinking that right now.

  44. cliffordc05 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:08 PM

    It is the right of individuals to choose to not listen to these idiots. It is also the right of the radio station to fire them because of the fear that too many individuals will choose to not listen to the station that employs the idiots. They deserve to be fired and this has nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with unbelievably asinine behavior on a public broadcast station. The station has an obligation to its listeners to employ people with at least a shred of discretion.

  45. roastedteacher says: Jun 17, 2013 11:09 PM

    There’s an old saying in radio: “The thing that gets you hired is the same thing that gets you fired.”

    Then everyone goes “huh”, and then the second saying is said: “You get hired because the station manager says ‘Look at all the wild s**t they do on the radio!’” But then when you get fired, the station manager says “Look at all the wild s**t the do on the radio!”

    I agree they should have been fired. But you had to know this was gonna happen, sooner or later.

  46. busterdog1 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:14 PM

    This is some kind of sick way of making fun of some one who has come down with a sickness that affect’s this man’s life. And now they are calling saying they are sorry and they will do all they can to reverse the comments. Well that is a little late it is Nation Wide news and now they look like a fool’s all over him making a good play some eight years ago. Playing that team it is always a big game they have taken it to another level. This is totally sick see if it was there child.

  47. besdayz says: Jun 17, 2013 11:21 PM

    The guys told a tasteless joke — public ridicule is enough of a response. If you call for them to be fired or suspended you do not believe in free speech, threatening someone’s livelihood is just another way of suppressing other peoples opinions. You can respond by not listening if you choose, by calling them idiots or retards or whatever, but to say you believe in free speech while trying to make these guys homeless for telling a bad joke means you’re either a moron or an lair.

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    There seems to be a misunderstanding of what free speech means. It simply means the government cannot prosecute you for public expression of beliefs. Every else that comes your way, in terms of ridicule and private sector job prospects, is simply the free market in action. You can’t change that any more than you can change human nature.

    So you want to pass a law now that says people can’t get fired by corporations because they simply offend others.

    As a market participant you have to understand the environment you’re in and suffer the consequences of your freedom.

  48. rcunningham says: Jun 17, 2013 11:23 PM

    Freedom of speech does not mean freedom for consequences for your speech. You guys are telling me you’d be fine with your local newscaster going off on a racist tirade on national TV or something similar? These guys aren’t going to jail, and they shouldn’t, but they definitely should be punished.

  49. redzonerocks says: Jun 17, 2013 11:24 PM

    Enough with the “free speech” nonsense. As another pointed out, free speech means freedom from government persecution of your political speech. It does not mean that people are not going to be held responsible for their statements, especially at work and representing the company that they are employed by. I love the Falcons and I’ve listened to these guys before, but what they did was awful and I’m glad they are paying the price. Hopefully they will learn and at some point get back into broadcasting, but this action was completely justified. Also kudos to the Falcons for making clear they had no part in this.

  50. raiderapologist says: Jun 17, 2013 11:25 PM

    Redtail fans are appropriately disgusted. It’s just too soon.

  51. kevindunn21 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:26 PM

    Shame on the two hosts for not refusing to take this to air. How can you possibly be some dumb and, better yet, how do you make it this far in life with such little instinct as to what will demolish your career

  52. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jun 17, 2013 11:32 PM

    I can’t be happy that three guys are out of work over a bad joke. It doesnt make the world a better place, it doesnt change the fact that gleason has ALS, it doesnt make a single individuals life better.

    But it does mark a really tragic event in those three radio hosts lives. How would you feel if you got the sort of crucifixion theyre being put through?

    The fact that all of yall care so little about the welfare and happiness of the individual and are obsessed with some sense of supremely trivial justice disappoints me so much. It’s cruel and unamerican.

  53. creamsiclecannon says: Jun 17, 2013 11:33 PM

    I hope that the radio owners fired them because they were offended not because the populous was offended. Firing just to save face is kind of hypocritical

  54. anthonybjones says: Jun 17, 2013 11:40 PM

    Are we, as a nation, ever going to get tired of being so overly sensitive?

    So they made fun of a guy with a ‘terrible’ disease. So what? Fat kids, gay kids, tall kids, short kids, black kids, white kids, and on and on and on are being made fun of every day for any and all of those things. What makes this disease any worse?

    Some day we’ll get tired of standing with our bleeding hearts exposed; waiting for someone from the media to shove a smoldering rod into it. Give me a break. The guys didn’t even sound like they wanted to go along with it.

  55. mackcarrington says: Jun 17, 2013 11:45 PM

    Interesting that the people on here who are crying about “free speech” are the ones who have the least bit of knowledge about what it really pertains to. They are also the same ones who are defending those 3 fools.

  56. croghan1919 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:26 AM

    ALS and joke punch lines?
    It’s hard for me to fathom the concept, I mean REALLY.

  57. steviaquinn says: Jun 18, 2013 1:08 AM

    Couldnt happen to a nicer guy….this is a “man” that defended the Saints when they were paying people to injure other players. Some of the biggest scumbags on the planet have died from horrible diseases…doesnt make Gleason a good man.

  58. onebucplace says: Jun 18, 2013 1:30 AM

    Free speech means if someone on the radio says something you don’t like, you change the channel, if enough people do that guess what, the free market takes care of the issue. Free speech means you allow ALL speech, even if you don’t like it! I know the legal definition of the term, this isn’t a legal argument it’s a moral argument. YOU are a hypocrite, period, if you EVER call for someone to be fired for what they say and then say you believe in free speech. You do not, instead you believe in allowing people to say things you agree with, which makes you as unAmerican as they come.

  59. 56commando says: Jun 18, 2013 1:39 AM

    Question? Why would an Altanta radio station pick on an ex-Saints football player with an devastating disease? Because He made an iconic play on the opening play of a game against the Altanta Flacons after Katrina and they can’t get over it! TO BAD…SO SAD>>>

  60. swagger52 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:07 AM

    If this is what they said on the air, imagine what they talked about off the air. It is incredible that none of the three had the common sense to know not funny this was. What happens in practice, shows up on the playing field. I have no sympathy for the broadcasters as they were obviously used to practicing poor judgment “off the air” that carried over to “on the air”.

  61. swagger52 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:08 AM

    This would never happen in Baltimore. If somebody did that to OJ Brigance, Ray Lewis would be knocking on their door.

  62. swagger52 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:12 AM

    In America, we have freedom of speech which also means freedom to say something stupid and get fired. Unless you are a Government Worker, then you have the freedom to say really stupid things and never get fired.

  63. besdayz says: Jun 18, 2013 2:44 AM

    This is only the beginning of the heads rolling. They fired the guys directly culpable. Clearly this was a planned skit that must’ve had producer approval from other people–these people are called management.

    Public pressure and sponsorship will be intense for that station. In order to fire management though you need to build the case or they will sue you so expect more heads to roll in due time.

  64. stonerm84 says: Jun 18, 2013 3:48 AM

    Here’s my opinion, it started out as a stern-like bit, but the problem is they’re not at all funny like stern. Next this was done on a station that has exclusive falcons broadcasting rights. It’s not just a local station but the flagship representative of The Falcons. The bit was also done at the slowest part of the nfl off-season where it had zero chance of being buried away under the cover of real news. There’s no way you cannot fire them. Even Stern wouldn’t have touched a bit like this, because his disabled bits are with willing participants who are longtime friends of the show. This was someone trying to be hip by making fun of a deplorable condition they didn’t understand. I wouldn’t call them hateful, but I’ll certainly say that they were ignorant and foolish. All I can say is BLUNDER OF THE YEAR.

  65. revskip says: Jun 18, 2013 4:43 AM

    Shock jocks made inappropriate statements designed to create controversy. Ironically they were fired for the exact behavior that is expected of them.

    Radio listeners tuned in to a program named Mayhem in the Morning and were surprised by their antics. Which in turn shows exactly how dumb those radio listeners who got their panties in a bunch are. Again, shock jocks on AM radio get paid to be provocative. If you don’t enjoy that sort of thing, you probably shouldn’t listen to their shows, I am sure that there is a Christian talk radio station that would be more to your liking.

  66. richkotitte says: Jun 18, 2013 6:11 AM

    If these three could spend one day surviving the painful, suffocating life Steve lives every day, they would truly feel sorry for their words and actions.

  67. weaponx73 says: Jun 18, 2013 7:02 AM

    I don’t know whats funnier the people who have no clue what freedom of speech is or the people crying about political correctness taking over. Apparently the later doesnt watch tv because every day you can turn on some kind of off color comedy show usually without even leaving basic canle channels compair that to thirty years ago when you had to go to a club to see such an act. So everyone worried about the brain police needs to look at a programing guide and realize there is too much money in political incorrectness for it to die out. So save your crocodile tears for these shock jocks who will be out of work for all of ten minutes.

  68. novoodoo4409 says: Jun 18, 2013 7:12 AM

    Sure, Falcants, distance yourself now from these idiots….what a joke…took your perennial, NO SB ring loser franchise all day to make a statement….this is why you and your fan base are such losers – your total organization is a joke – players, coaches, management and yes, your flagship radio station….9/8……remember DAT date, loosahs….

  69. dcapettini says: Jun 18, 2013 7:18 AM

    “Totally lacking in taste and discretion”? So it is OK to make fun of an ALS patient in private but don’t put it on the air? “Lacking Taste” is calling Melissa McCarthy a “Hippo”. She is raking in the bucks and gets the last laugh. Gleason still has ALS this morning and will for however long he manages to survive. This isn’t a matter of “Taste”. This was a mean spirited, vicious and totally despicable act that more than transcends “totally lacking in taste and discretion”. What will we get next out of Atlanta? Perhasps they could work up a skit about all those screaming kids at Newtown. That should put a smile on Georgians faces.

  70. draftrobot says: Jun 18, 2013 8:58 AM

    Very poor taste for a bit but it’s worth noting the three of them and 790 The Zone every year run a radiothon for Camp Twin Lakes to raise money for children with serious illnesses and disabilities.

  71. loubearkane says: Jun 18, 2013 9:00 AM

    onebucplace says: Jun 17, 2013 9:00 PM

    The guys told a tasteless joke — public ridicule is enough of a response. If you call for them to be fired or suspended you do not believe in free speech, threatening someone’s livelihood is just another way of suppressing other peoples opinions. You can respond by not listening if you choose, by calling them idiots or retards or whatever, but to say you believe in free speech while trying to make these guys homeless for telling a bad joke means you’re either a moron or an lair.

    First off I do not know what “lair” means second the joke they told was one where Steve Gleason asks to be smothered to be put out of his misery. That bit will now live forever online and will be found when his son does a google search of his father years down the road. These individuals work for a company , there company found this unacceptable and now are fired , they should of thought of there lively-hood before they did such a evil bit.

  72. donaldbu says: Jun 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    Dumbly pollack is David Pollack. He knows these guys well. He worked with them. And he is correct, they’re good guys, maybe not Shapiro so much, but Cellini and Dimino are great.

  73. donaldbu says: Jun 18, 2013 9:21 AM

    Also, the Florio has been on air with them before, he knows them and knows they aren’t the monsters being portrayed.

  74. baddegg says: Jun 18, 2013 9:26 AM

    revskip says: Jun 17, 2013 8:16 PM

    The joke was poorly executed. The lynch mob was more than excessive though.

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    I dunno. There’s nothing wrong with being held accountable for community or business standards.

    By the same token, I can’t call up a client and call him a b**** and not get fired, then later whine about “political correctness.”

    Some of you people play the “PC Card” too much…

  75. baddegg says: Jun 18, 2013 9:31 AM

    redzonerocks says: Jun 17, 2013 11:24 PM

    Enough with the “free speech” nonsense. As another pointed out, free speech means freedom from government persecution of your political speech. It does not mean that people are not going to be held responsible for their statements, especially at work and representing the company that they are employed by.
    ——————
    Thank God someone finally pointed this out. Folks act like they have the freedom to say what they want but a business doesn’t have the freedom to dictate “standards and practices” for their business.

    There are “rules of conduct” all of us follow at our places of work I am sure. Why are you all so shocked at this?

    The broadcasters were either incredibly dumb, or incredibly reckless.

  76. stevied23 says: Jun 18, 2013 10:08 AM

    I’m sorry, but anyone defending these guys and making excuses for them are idiots. If you think a comment or radio skit may be a bad idea and absolutely tasteless, than you probably shouldn’t do it. Just because someone is protected by the first amendment doesn’t mean their speech is not hateful, wrong, or despicable. These guys could have ensured they kept their jobs by just keeping their mouths shut with regard to this. Maybe the people defending these guys would have a different take if they personally knew someone with ALS and saw its devastating effects.

  77. teambringitstrong says: Jun 18, 2013 10:47 AM

    Organizations are a by product of their city and fans and those on the peripherals (broadcast partners) as well. Atlanta is a trash city, with trash people. And the Falcant’s by in large are the same. Seems to be a pattern here with despicable acts by those in and around this franchise.
    Some of you come on here and say, well, you need to have a better set of friends. Well, maybe we should raise Gen. Sherman and have him repeat 1864.

  78. snafie says: Jun 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    Before this is a free speech issue it’s a public trust issue. The standard is higher for commercial broadcasters than it would be for an idiot cracking a tasteless joke in a bar.

    The airwaves belong to the public. Broadcasters have to demonstrate they are acting in the public interest to hold the license that allows them to broadcast. “The public” means all of us – including your twelve year old son, the Braves / Falcons fan, who listens to 790 The Zone on his way to school because he is a sports fan. Want your kid to laugh along with the antics of guys laughing at an ALS victim? Didn’t think so.

    It isn’t whether or not they have the right to crack horrible jokes. It’s whether or not this bit violated the station’s obligation to act in the public interest and if these clowns would have put the station’s license in jeopardy if they weren’t canned immediately.

    Good call by the suits.

  79. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jun 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    It was stupid and tasteless. It wasn’t even really funny. Fired though? Come on America. You’re kids have heard worse walking down the halls at school. Get some thicker skin.

  80. svanablak says: Jun 18, 2013 12:06 PM

    for a long time 790 was THEE sports station in ATL. 680 was too “countrified” and there was no other competition. They sold out to “corporate America” and that’s when the ship started sinking! They abruptly dismissed Doug and Ryan Stewart, who were their STARS and who had excellent ratings, for no apparent cause! then 92.9 the Game came on air and the radio paradigm shifted. Oh, yeah, 92.9 is on FM, 790…am. So I’m figurin’ they started doing stupid “ish” to keep listeners but it farted in their faces! Steak formerly owns the station and he would get away with stuff due to that fact alone. Now he’s an employee and he learned thaere’s difference between signing paychecks and endorsing one. in the words of Astro Jetson, “rotsa ruck, guys!”

  81. razzmatazzcomics says: Jun 18, 2013 12:10 PM

    Shameful. Some people have no clue.

  82. louisianafootballfan says: Jun 18, 2013 12:59 PM

    So, for arguments sake, let’s say I work in a pediatrician’s office. You bring your handicapped kid in, and I proceed to make fun of your kid while you sit in the waiting room (for all to hear). We have a great laugh at your kid’s expense, even though the joke is horrible and tasteless, and probably did a significant amount of emotional damage to your kid. So, you’re telling me that you wouldn’t demand that I be fired for being so insensitive? You would say that it was OK for me to make fun of your kid because I have a first amendment right to do so? Somehow I doubt it.

  83. mackcarrington says: Jun 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    anthonybjones says:
    Jun 17, 2013 11:40 PM
    Are we, as a nation, ever going to get tired of being so overly sensitive?

    So they made fun of a guy with a ‘terrible’ disease. So what? Fat kids, gay kids, tall kids, short kids, black kids, white kids, and on and on and on are being made fun of every day for any and all of those things. What makes this disease any worse?
    ==============================
    Wow! Are you really this dense? This isn’t making fun of “the fat kid”. What makes this disease worse is that it’s terminal !!! That means that Gleason may not live 5 more years to be with his wife and son. I can’t believe the sickness that is permeating society right now. You think it’s OK for adults who should know better to make fun of someone who’s life may soon be over. I wonder if you would have the nerve to tell his wife and young son that they are being overly sensitive.

  84. onebucplace says: Jun 18, 2013 3:41 PM

    What a disgusting collection of moes that makes up the commenters on this board.

  85. selenecrear says: Jun 18, 2013 9:59 PM

    I am an Atlanta Falcons fan, Have been my whole life. Born and raised in the peach state of Georgia, I love my Falcon and I have no respect for the N.O. Saints at all, but I don’t agree with disrespect and pure 100% cruelty of hurting nor disrespecting of others illnesses. It’s no joking matter. But just because the Falcon and the Saints are rival teams, doesn’t give a person in any state to make a joke of one’s illness. The people that made that mistake and very bad choice have been dealt with, but that has NOTHING to sue with the Falcons. I feel sorry for all who are suffering from any illnesses, and hope and pray that God will help them through there trying times.

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