Ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason says he accepts the apologies of radio hosts who mocked him. (Gerald Herbert/AP)
Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason says he accepts the apologies of three fired Atlanta radio disc jockeys who mocked his Lou Gehrig's disease in a skit Monday morning.
790 The Zone hosts Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino were fired Monday and apologized to Gleason and others who were offended by the skit.
Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011.
Gleason, 36, wrote on his organization's Facebook page 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," he wrote. "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."