Michael Sam’s Boyfriend Vito Is The Grandson Of Hit Man Mafia Boss
If the late mob boss William “Willie the Rat” Cammisano was like other Mafiosi—and by all accounts he most emphatically was—he would have been apoplectic had he been told his grandson was dating an African American.
But a Mafioso such as Willie the Rat would have taken that as the good news by comparison when he heard the rest.
For his grandson’s African-American lover also happens to be a man, as the whole world came to learn when Vito Cammisano kissed football draft pick Michael Sam in front of the ESPN cameras.
In doing so, Vito must have known that the press would quickly reveal him to be the grandson of a notorious Mafia boss whose nickname was once explained by a witness before a U.S. Senate Committee.
“Because he killed people and stuck them in the sewers so the rats could eat them,” said the witness, Fred Bonadonna.
The spontaneity and genuine affection of the kiss on ESPN made clear that Vito was not at all afraid of what others might say about him or his family. And however much some part of Willie the Rat might have wanted to stick his own grandson in a sewer, the lifelong gangster also might have felt a grudging respect for Vito.
We’re not sure about the grudging respect part, but one thing is for sure, Vito’s pop-pop was a certified “G”.
Vito’s uncle William Cammisano Jr. is said to have taken over as the Mafia boss of Kansas City when Willie the Rat died of lung cancer in 1995. The uncle did time after a 2011 conviction for overseeing a multimillion-dollar Internet gambling ring that used a server in Costa Rica. He had previously been convicted in 1978 of obstruction of justice after a wiretap caught him counseling his 17-year-old girlfriend to lie about money being passed under a table to pay off a bet on a Las Vegas golf tournament.
Vito’s father, Gerlarmo (Jerry) Cammisano, proved to be a standup guy in the traditional sense back in 1992, when he spent eight months behind bars for refusing to testify in a money-laundering case.
“I’d do it all again,” Gerlarmo was quoted saying upon his release. “The punishment that I’ve been through was useless, because I would not in any way, shape, or form change my beliefs.”
He sounded altogether old school and added, “I’ve seen them do it to nine other people of our neighborhood. In my opinion, if they want to indict or investigate, I think they should use their own resources and not use friends or family to testify against other family.”
Translation: “Snitches get stitches and I hate needles.”
It’s likely that none of the latest revelations will change people’s opinion on Michael Sam, but it does make us rethink whether or not he’s a top or a bottom.
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