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

By Debbie Schlussel

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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42 Responses

It is good that you have pointed out the double standard being used in Michael Sam’s case. Also, this situation gives a whole new meaning to the term “Gay Mafia”.

Worr01 on May 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    If I were the suspicious type (and I AM), I would think that the relationship was a set-up by the “Family”, so that they could get their hooks into a playa.

    LIndaF on September 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

“If this was a heterosexual relationship between a NFLer and a Mafia princess, they’d be all over it.”

Great point and article. How disgusting this p.c./mob rule juggernaut has become.

DS_ROCKS! on May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I thought the mob frowned upon fanook’s?

john on May 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I married into a family from NYC that had mob connections to the infamous Albert A——— family. Not real close ties but close enough to make one young man join the Navy and travel the world for about 30 years so as NOT to have to be a soldier or even a made man( MOB INSIDER).

    The mob does admire patriotism in an odd way…they do not seem to put pressure on ANY who might prefer US Military service to a life in the mob.

    They Even gave a huge party for this guy in the Navy uniform when he married on leave on week-end. “Hey LOOK at us we are AMERICANS too, We LIKE people in the military too. We are just GOOD guys, YA KNOW!”

    Sure they were.. HA!

    One made-man in the mob family had a son( one of 3) who was a homosexual. He was very effeminate too. They did stuff rougher and tougher and meaner, this was LONG ago. SO, the boss had some of his soldiers knock the homosexual kid around a bit to get him scared and then he was sent to Italy for an “education” in how to get along and live well….not to make waves. He never returned to live in the USA, the other two sons were made men in the mob.

    This is the way it was explained to me by a family member.

    The homosexual son lived quite a long time but he stayed in Italy just about all the time.

    Since the guy was a homosexual, he was sent into exile in a place he could be watched/protected and kept out of sight so nobody could use his “condition” against the BIG BOSS. Homosexuals are thought to be weak and a risk to the crime business.

    If he had ever made a fuss, got caught out with another man in public …well, the part about the sleeping with fishes or a vat of acid disappearance was a good possibility for him an any “partner” he ever had.

    Like I said, this was way back in the ’50s…. the mob was not yet contained like it is today.

    It's just me again on May 14, 2014 at 2:45 am

      It’s, a “made man” is way more than an insider. He is a guy who has killed, often in a particularly horrific way to prove his loyalty. He’s also been put thru various other tests. When he is deemed loyal enough, he is inducted into the Mob with a formal and secret society, swearing an oath of “omerta” which is silence and utter loyalty to his Capo (godfather). He’s required to do absolutely ANYTHING the Boss orders.

      There was a strong streak of patriotism in these immigrants. They were truly grateful to be in America and didn’t see what they were doing as harmful. To them, it was just business. Of course there was a big component of self interst. The biggest example of this was how Lucky Luciano used his Sicilian connections to affect the Allied invasion of Southern Italy during WW2. Without his help, the Allies probably couldn’t have done it.

      [The terms and conditions of Luciano’s deportation were very clear—if he ever reentered the United States he would be deemed an escaped convict and would be required to serve out the maximum of his original prison sentence. He could never again set foot on American territory. For the forty- eight- year- old Luciano, it might have marked the end of his reign as Mob ruler of New York, but he merely viewed it as a challenge to his ingenuity. There were many points of entry back into the United States, and the authorities couldn’t keep him away from his criminal pals.]

      And anyone who doesn’t think Sam Giancana was involved in the Bay of Pigs is naive. The Mob had practically owned Cuba under Batista, until Castro took over. They wanted him gone and since JFK was beholden to him for his presidency, he welcomed his help.

      Meira on May 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

        * sorry, that should be “formal and secret CEREMONY”

        Meira on May 14, 2014 at 6:43 am

A white Pete Rose had his life destroyed for betting on sports; a homosexual cavorting with a black guy, not so much.

Ed on May 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

36 college football players left school early that didn’t get drafted. No nfl dreams. No degree, and now if you want to go back to school, you have to pay for it. Awesome Decision folks. Just Awesome.

I was at the gym yester/evening after a week break. I was on the stationary bike and I had cnn on to the right of me and had fox news to the left of me, I did 30 minutes on the bike and the whole time, all they covered was this Michael Sams crap. I cannot believe the attention it is getting. Just nonstop, shove it down our throats. Take it, Take it. Gag Gag, dumb gym didn’t have the nba playoffs on any t.v.

Big D on May 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Why does the media make it front page news about a guy who sleeps with another guy and is selected in the NLF DRaft ?I think they ran he is gay just in case he does not actually make the team he use had he not been gay he would of course made the team.Saying he is ga is like getting an insurance policy to ensure he will be on the team regardless of if his playing skills are not at an NFL level.He can fall back on it’s because I am gay.Why do they select to tell us about his sex life ? He is trying to make football team or trying to be an adult gay film star..If he cannot make it on his own Merits.Let him be like hundred before whom met the same fate.I think his being gay is being used to advance him..How many other NFL players are bi-sexual ? Will they next print up their stories as front page news.In Houston the May whom is gay..Mayor Annise Parker and supporters of her proposed nondiscrimination ordinance announced a compromise Tuesday in hopes of deflecting controversy over a small provision that had dominated discussion on the measure.

A paragraph specifying that no business open to the public could deny a transgender person entry to the restroom consistent with his or her gender identity had outraged conservatives. Church and Republican political leaders have used the clause to claim the ordinance “provides an opportunity for sexual predators to have access to our families.”

Members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community were equally outraged, however, by a clause that would give businesses an out if the defendant had a “good faith belief” that the person’s claim of being transgender was disingenuous.

I guess could get all dolled up,claim to be transgeger could enter restrooms see all the women he wants without cover charge

Steve on May 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

@ Steve, I’ve never thought of that, they have a measure in Cali that passed for teenage students to be able to use the bathroom of their choice (if they’re transgendered) but I never thought of the perverts who could dress like a woman, then go creep into a bathroom. I never thought of that. Dam this rabbit hole runs deep.

Big D on May 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Great story, Debbie. There is no doubt in my mind of the double standard here. And, while I admit I’m not fixated on the Sams business, I had not heard of his boyfriend’s strong mob ties.

skzion on May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”

Frankz on May 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I will let you in on a dirtly little secret–if you promise to keep it a secret. The Mob has LONG had tight connections with the NFL and it owners.

For example, consider the DeBartolo family, which used to control the 49ers. In January 1981, the U.S. Customs Service had received information from one of its special agents, William F. Burda, that the DeBartolo organization through its control of particular state banks in the state of Florida is operating money-laundering schemes, realizing huge profits from narcotics, guns, skimming operations, and other organized-crime-related activities. This organization is reported to have ties to Carlos Marcello, Santos Trafficante, and Meyer Lansky and because of its enormous wealth and power has high-ranking political influence and affiliations.

Does this mean that organized crime has a say in the outcome of football games? Well, is the Pope Catholic?

Sure, if an individual player is involved in placing bets, the NFL will take action. And the Mob wants it that way. Nobody is supposed to profit from insider information except them.

But remember, if anybody asks you if the Mob is deeply entrenched in the NFL, just tell them “no way” and that “everything is on the up and up,” as the NFL has high ethics and integrity across the board.

Ralph Adamo on May 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Rallph, you’re right and you know what? Michael Sam’s guaranteed spot on the Rams isn’t due to his gayness, it’s his mob connection. They’re just using his gayness, the way they use every weapon they’re handed, as a cover for their involvement.

    Meira on May 14, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Ralph, thanks for your insight. Now if you could just tell us who shot Kennedy and who blew up the Twin Towers I could enjoy life.

    skzion on May 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

What a mess…pretty soon this will blow over and the tv idiots will focus on the antarctic ice melting and how the Miami Heat American Airlines Arena will soon be underwater…..gee, maybe things arent so bad after all.

HK on May 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

At what position will they put Michael Sam? Tight end, perhaps? I guessdepends on the description given by his boyfriend.

And will Sam get confused when the quarterback or the coach tell him to “go deep?”

On the other hand, this is a player that may score a lot of touchdowns because he likes to go to the end zone.

Apparently, to be fair to the other (presumably straight) players, the NFL has added a new penalty: fondling.

And when the players pat each other on the butt, will Michael Sam know when to stop patting?


Jonathan E. Grant on May 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Hey JEG as long as they don’t tell Mikey to “go long” he should be ok. Ha!

    Ken b on May 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Just because his father is a crook, does that mean he can’t “go straight”?

      I shouldn't, but... on May 14, 2014 at 12:32 am

Seriously, this is not the first gay NFL player. Hell, they all like to pat each other’s butts, they like to shower together, they snap towels at each other, etc. It is one of the gayest games around, played by a bunch of meatheads whose marbles will end up scrambled years after the game.

Let’s face it, in the end, their number of arrests will be higher than their IQ’s. The only people dumber are the fans who support politicians who pick our pockets to build stadiums for billionaires so these millionaires can play in them.

Jonathan E. Grant on May 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

these stories will fade and the tv idiots will focus on the Arctic ice melting at the South pole eventually leading to the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena being underwater…..maybe things arent so bad

HK on May 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Since I have been accused of being “homophobic” on this site, I will refrain from commenting on this. Instead, I look forward to Ms. Schlussel analyzing this in the near future:

Anti-semitism at all time high.

Gerak on May 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Lol Gerek, yeah I’m really going to follow a link from someone I’ve never seen here.

    skzion on May 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Since Micheal’s “boyfriend” is mob laden if he’s cut from the team will Rams Coach Fisher sleep with the fishes while wearing cement shoes. Stay tuned folks.

Ken b on May 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    You know he will. Question is, will he be “dumb” enough to follow his integrity or will the instinct for self-preservation prevail? The modern Mob isn’t the Mob of Vito Corleone. These days they do go after women and kids, so maybe “self-preservation” isn’t so selfish, after all.

    Meira on May 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

WOW! I can sum up your in-depth reporting in just one word.

Thanks for writing what would have been almost commonplace reporting a few decades ago.

yonason on May 14, 2014 at 12:25 am

    “yonason,” your reply is summarized in its first word, “wow,” which almost always indicates that the writer is a moron.

    skzion on May 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

The mob influencing Jeff Fisher ? Come on. You have been watching Goodfellas too many times. If anything, these guys have an instinct of how to do business. And, please, lets not even use the term “mob” anymore. It connotes a time and organization long gone. The real mob today is Obama, Kerry, Clinton, the Fed et al. Self serving, dishonest thugs who take from honest hardworking Americans who sustain the country. Thats the skim,protection money we pay and boy does the govt overcharge. At least the “mob”, in their heyday, made sure their neighborhoods were safe and clean. They knew how to protect. These guys in the WH take from us,and sell us down the river.

HK on May 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

Awww, you poor persecuted straight white people! Like how you forgot to mention he won best defensive linesman in 2013 and he stock only went down after he came out…or the fact that the boyfriend went to a good catholic school, graduated college and works at a top communications firm in Missouri but hey…it’s HIS fault right?

Lol. So pathetic. Go get laid lady!

Joanna on May 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Joanna, all good Mafiosi send their children to Catholic schools. I’ll bet it was a Jesuit one and many of them even send their kids to Ivy League universities. The first is to earn points against their evil deeds so they get to and out of Purgatory a bit faster (as opposed to the other place) and the second is so they can get highly prized MBA’s and start managing businesses from which they can create a money laundry. No one every said the Mob isn’t smart or clever or industrious. They’re just evil and they have their fingers in many, many things that their predecessors never would have considered or were available. Don’t believe everything that you saw in the Godfather series but the part about not wanting to get into drugs was true of a couple of the Bosses.
    No, it’s not Vito Cammisano’s fault, he’s just a fringe benefit his father threw in to kill two birds with one stone.

    Meira on May 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Joanna, thanks for giving us the libtard perspective. We don’t get enough of that around here. Also, you’d get more action yourself if your ass weren’t so big.

    skzion on May 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel were good Mafiosi…they didnt send their kids to Catholic schools.

HK on May 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Haha, I guess you’re right on that one, HK.

    Meira on May 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Im laughing at all these people who think the 248 people who got drafted before him was undeserving to be drafted before him. These people know nothing of sports, there were a few defensive players who had more sacks than Michael and performed better at the combine than him and didn’t get drafted. That how it is folks. Stop making it “oh it because he was gay”

No he isn’t that good. They call him a tweener. Which is slang for someone who doesn’t fit well in any position. He is “In Between”

Also now it looks like he is an attention grabbing opportunist. Oprah wants to do a reality show on his journey. Are you f-in kidding me, for what? What has he done? He hasn’t made the dam team yet. You think this is going to make his life easier in the locker room, um no. Plenty of resentment let me tell you, all this attention and he’s not that good and hasn’t done anything on the field. Oh yeah its going to be rough.

Oh and his boyfriend Vito Vaselini, this is straight out of a comic book.

Big D on May 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

How will OWN package this for the ‘Big Screen’.

radar long on May 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

People were accusing Michael Sams that his kiss was scripted. People said no no no. Come to find out, it was scripted. Oprah has been filming for weeks and her film crew was in the room when he got the news he was drafted. Scripted reality T.V.

Dump ESPN got played and showed this mess.

Big D on May 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

unfortunately we are relying on the msm to let us know what this guy is all about. he may turn out to be one of hundreds of graduates every year who are good players, D1 or D2, that just isnt slam dunk pro football material. but may be a shrewd oppurtunist using his football skills and homosexuality to build his brand name. I dont know this guy, do any of you? To sign up with Oprah, at this time, though, is very suspect.

HK on May 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Very interesting info regarding HOpra.

skzion on May 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

This story line will require a high ‘repeat value’, if it is to work.
If the mob line is real, this could be risky.

RayOne on May 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

So what if he is descended from Mafiosi? That doesn’t mean he’s one. Jenna and Barbara Bush are decent young girls and they are descended from a war criminal responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands.

Zach on May 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Oh Zach, don’t you have a Puffington Host article to read?

    skzion on May 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm

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