May 13, 2014, - 4:14 pm
Michael Sam’s Boyfriend is Mafia, Gambling Ring Royalty: NFL Usually Alarmed By That, But b/c He’s Gay No Biggie
The NFL’s treatment of Michael Sam has another double standard to it. And it has to do with the Mafia and illegal betting on NFL games.
La Michael Sam Nostra: Gay NFLer’s Boyfriend Vito Cammisano is Mafia Royalty (Pictured w/ Convicted Mobster Dad Jerry Cammisano)
If I wrote a novel about an NFL draftee who is gay and his boyfriend is La Cosa Nostra royalty from a family that ran illegal gambling rings, you’d laugh and say, “that would never happen.” Well, it happened. In fact, Michael Sam isn’t just the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL, he’s also the first openly mobster boyfriend to be drafted by the NFL. And, while the NFL usually takes those kinds of ties very seriously (and negatively), it’s looking the other way–you know, because of the gay thing.
Michael Sam’s boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, is Mafia royalty and his father and uncle are top figures in organized crime and gambling. His father and uncle served time recently for running illegal sports betting operations. If Michael Sam actually makes the Rams, will anyone investigate whether or not Michael Sam might feed inside info to his–how do you say it?–”father-in-gay-partnership-law” that might affect gambling lines on St. Louis Rams games?
That’s something that would normally alarm the NFL, but, again, the League is looking the other way because of the gay thing. Political correctness trumps all, including that which would normally disturb a major sports league like the NFL, given its vehement, but failed, efforts to fight gambling on games.
Every year, after NFL players are drafted and when they attend training camp before the pre-season begins, the NFL sends its chief of security and former and current FBI agents to lecture its players to stay away from organized crime and gambling. It’s a big deal. Will they approach Michael Sam and inquire about his boyfriend’s mob and gambling ties? If the boyfriend, Cammisano, was a chick, they definitely would have. But they won’t dare now, lest they be labelled homophobic. You can be mob-ophobic. But it’s politically incorrect to be homo-mob-ophobic.
Vito Cammisano . . . comes from one of the state’s most infamous mobster families. Online records indicate that he is the grandson of William ‘Willie Rat’ Cammisano. The mob leader served time in prison for extortion and contempt of Congress in the 80s, AP reported.
After a long rap sheet of crimes from theft to bootlegging, accusations of murder, and refusing to cooperate with a Congressional probe into the mob, he passed away in 1995, aged 80. After his death, his son, William ‘Willie’ Cammisano Jr., took over the reins but he was arrested in 2010 for running a $3.5 million illegal sports betting organization and sentenced to a year and a day in prison, according to a release from the Department of Justice.
His brother – Vito’s father – Jerry Cammisano, was also swept up in the family business and served 14 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 for his part in leading the sports betting ring, according to the release. Records show Jerry Cammisano began his sentence in February 2011, and photographs show him grinning beside Vito at his graduation ceremony last year, indicating he did not serve further time.
Yes, it’s unsure that Michael Sam will make the St. Louis Rams team. But the Rams are feeling the NFL pressure, I’m sure, to make sure that Sam does make the team, even though he’s really not prime NFL meat. More like chuck. And, speaking of chuck, they’ll probably chuck, er . . . cut, him a few weeks into the season, so that Sam can still say he’s the first openly gay NFL player.
So, while Sam is still on the team–and in pre-season games, where some bets are still had–will the NFL Director of Security be watching La Cosa Nostra boyfriend of Sam?
Secretly, you can bet they are. But they won’t admit to it. And they’ll never say anything to Sam about it.
If this were a heterosexual relationship between an NFL player and a Mafia princess, they’d be all over it. And the relationship would be over. Or the player’s NFL career would be.
One last thing: remember “The Godfather”? Will Ram’s Head Coach Jeff Fisher find a horse’s head in his bed if he cuts Michael Sam from the team? (Luca Brasi “sleeps with the fishes” for a lot less.)
I heard the coach was given a team roster he “can’t refuse.”
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