NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The Gleason team and Steve Gleason himself have taken up a controversial joke made about the organization’s founder and ALS on social media; attributing the case to an attempt at “black humor”.
The controversy sparked both Saints fans and members of the ALS community when LSU Daily Reveille reporter Dylan Sanders tweeted a screenshot of someone’s dating app profile. who said, “My most controversial opinion is that Steve Gleason has been faking ALS for 11 years.
In the photo, the user appears to be in medical gear. Social media sleuths attributed the profile to a goalie linked to Team Gleason.
Team Gleason associate executive director Clare Durrett said the organization had been in contact with the keeper and said the statement in question was meant to be a joke.
Addressing the controversy, Gleason appeared to forgive the caregiver.
“If you’ve been following me for a while, or if you’ve been around me, you know that part of my strength comes from humor,” Gleason said. “We laugh at this tragic circumstance with tragic humor. My crazy humor can rub off on them.
See Gleason’s full statement below.
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