Now, a sports talk show making fun of a player is not really news...
However, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
In a recent column in SportsIllustrated.com, that he wrote using his eyes, this is how Gleason described living with ALS:
"I am well into the disease progression. I am unable to walk, talk or eat. In some ways, this stage of the process is less frustrating than previous stages. I often feel normal. I forget that it's weird to eat through a tube or be in a wheelchair. Still, I can't deny that it's a struggle," he wrote.
The host pretending to be Gleason told a series of jokes and eventually asked the two others to do him a favor by smothering him."
I'm not here to say that anyone should be fired or lose their means of making a living...that's not my point. My point though, is that these three men had a means of connecting with thousands of people on a daily basis and they chose to insult a man living with a crippling and incurable disease-and by extension, they insulted everyone else who are in similar circumstances...all to get a couple of laughs.
Since the aftermath-all have apologized for their actions~one seemed very contrite and one, well not as much.
Your Microphone is On
Listen, before I sound too sanctimonious with you-I know I have said and done extremely hurtful things in my life to the people around me. I've made fun of people I shouldn't have. I've said words I wish I could take back. I've also stayed silent when I know I should have spoken up.
So, I am taking this time, once again, to remind myself that since my microphone is on...what do I want my message to be? Do I want it to be a message of hate or one of love? Do I want to lift people up or tear them down?
I know what I want my message to be...what about you?