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Gleason accepts apology from radio hosts

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Former NFL player Steve Gleason accepted the apologies of three Atlanta radio personalities who made fun of his Lou Gehrig's disease in a bit Monday.

"I think everyone can learn from this event," Gleason posted on his organization's Facebook page. "It's clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why it's underfunded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Let's 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.

Gleason, 36, further asked the public to visit his website to see what Team Gleason is doing to fight the disease.

A former safety who played for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-06, Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011. He thanked "the public for their support."

790 The Zone hosts Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino were fired Monday after their morning segment that mocked Gleason. All three apologized on Twitter.

"'Defend Team Gleason' now has been officially redefined," Gleason wrote. "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."
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