Rapper Rick Ross borrowing name ‘Teflon Don’ from John Gotti, but grandson isn’t happy
Posted on Mon, July 26, 2010
By Chris Masi
STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
The nickname “Teflon Don” was used to describe one of the most infamous Italian mafia boss’s in America’s history, John Gotti. Now, Miami rapper Rick Ross is using the moniker as the title of his newest album, and Gotti’s family isn’t happy.
John Gotti’s grandson, Carmine Agnello, 24, told the NY Daily News that Ross should have gotten the okay from his family first.
“My grandfather paid his dues for that nickname. That was my grandfather’s life,” Agnello said.
John Gotti was dubbed the “Teflon Don” after winning continuous acquittals throughout the 1980s. He was finally convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992.
“He should have asked for permission. A standup, respectable guy would come and ask ‘If I could use the nickname,’” said. Agnello. “I think he’s a great artist, but you can’t just start calling yourself that to sell records …He wants to go for that whole image, but hey, be yourself.”
He took another stab at the rapper whose real name is William Leonard Roberts. “Only in America can you go from being a corrections officer to calling yourself Teflon Don,” Agnello said, noting Ross’ former career.
This isn’t the first time Ross has been accused of misusing names. He is currently being sued by ex-druglord Ricky (Freeway) Ross for using his name in a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Ross’ fascination with the mob didn’t start with the album he released Tuesday. His latest mixtapes, also released this year, were called “The Albert Anastasia EP” and “Carlo Gambino.” Both Anastasia and Gambino also were mob bosses.