Thursday, June 20, 2013

6.20.13 Bee-otch of the Day: The Morning Mayhem

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Name: "The Morning Mayhem"
Ages: ??
Occupation: ex-morning hosts, WQXI Atlanta
Last Seen: Atlanta, GA
Bee-otched For: bad sportsmanship

Earlier this year during March Madness, a young basketball player broke his Achilles Tendon in front of millions of people.

Immediately, people went into action. Medics came to his aide and so did players from both teams. Other players stood in circles and prayed for the downed player. As for CBS, they did a yeoman's job in trying not to show or repeat the player as his leg broke.

Now that's good sportsmanship.

In sportsmanship, you never knock a man when he's down, especially when he ends up disabled. In the case of the asshole morning hosts at WQXI Radio in Atlanta, well, that's bad sportsmanship.

Steve Gleason was a former safety for the New Orleans Saints who was best-known for his blocked punt in the first quarter of the first game in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2006. He played eight seasons in the NFL, but retired in 2011 after being diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. He is now confined to a wheelchair, and can no longer speak. A sad situation for a man who's just 36 years old.

Last week, "The Morning Mayhem", the morning show on WQXI "790 The Zone" decided to poke fun at Gleason by staging a fake phone call to him with a man imitating a voice synthesizer. The show obviously poked fun at Gleason's disability and listeners complained. Within hours, The three hosts were kicked out of the building. They eventually apologized to their listeners and to Gleason. The ex-football star then Tweeted that he accepted their apology.

WQXI is an ESPN affiliate, so chances are that they're now airing Mike and Mike in the Morning. The station is owned by Lincoln Financial Media.

I find it amazing that Atlanta was the biggest market that never carried Howard Stern when he was in regular radio, but they still have their clones. Yeah, Stern has poked fun at disability, but in good taste in comparison to these pricks. I know, nobody's perfect. Hell, I'm not perfect myself. The point is, this is the lowest of the low: making fun of a man who has an uncontrollable disease that will eventually kill him. Sick.

Morning Mayhem? More like Morning Morons to me.

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