Before Major League Baseball took a stand on steroids in baseball, Gambino crime family boss John Gotti took a firm stand on the substance with his grandson in the late 1990s.
TheSmokingGun.com reported that John Gotti and steroids
are one of the topics of a YouTube video (below) on which the Teflon Don can be heard chastising his grandson John when the youth said he wanted to be a professional baseball player. The 1998 surveillance video at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill., was posted by the website on Aug. 7.
"You ain’t gonna be a baseball player or a basketball player," Gotti said with a huff after the boy rejected a comment from his mother, Victoria, who wanted him to be an attorney. "First of all, you got to be a good liar, a good lowlife, and an imbecile. Take a lot of drugs. You gotta take steroids. You must take steroids. And anybody that takes steroids is a garbage pail."
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The Gotti family feud was picked up by federal investigators who were monitoring the mob boss in an effort to find out if he was trying to run the Gambino family from prison.
Gotti's ethics and morality play did not go over well with the grandson, who shot back "Fine, then I’ll be a crook."
Sitting behind the thick Plexiglas wall, Gotti read grandson the riot act, telling he would "never forget the ass kicking he would give him" and what an honor it was to be just to be sitting in his presence at the moment, according to the video.
"I've got a many people who if they could come to see me right now would cry just to be able to see me," Gotti told his grandson. "You're not doing me a favor coming to see me and sassing me. . . . You can look as sad as you wanna look. Now give that phone to your uncle and get the hell out of here."
Gotti would die four years later at a Bureau of Prisons medical center in Springfield, Mo. in June, 2002 at 61, according to TheSmokingGun.com.
Ironically, Gotti's words to his grandson came the same year that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record, according to the New York Post
. That time is now commonly referred to as the "Steroids Era" in baseball, according to ESPN
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