Friday, November 24, 2017

Colombo mob boss knew dangers of Ping-Pong, feds say

Mob life is dangerous. So, apparently, is Ping-Pong for Thomas 'Tommy Shots' Gioeli. The mobbed up wiseguy launched a lawsuit saying table tennis is a risky endeavor and he deserves compensation for a fall. Court papers argue that Gioeli knew about Ping-Pong's perils — including walking on water to track down errant balls.

Thomas 'Tommy Shots' Gioeli
Gioeli's suit insists prison staff failed to create and maintain safe conditions. He claimed he had long been complaining about the slippery situation. But Feds say the case ought to get tossed. Gioeli played even though he knew of the room's showers and puddle, as well as the hazards of retrieving balls. "Scoring points in Ping-Pong entails hitting the ball past the opponent. Thus, an errant ball is the essence of Ping-Pong.”

Thomas Salvatore Gioeli, 'Tommy Shots' (born 1952), is a high-ranking member of the Colombo crime family. Gioeli is incarcerated in North Carolina on racketeering and murder charges. His projected release date is September 9, 2024.