Former crime boss wants $10 million over prison ping-pong slip-fall

A former crime family boss convicted of racketeering but acquitted on murder charges is “suing the federal government for $10 million over injuries from a game of prison ping-pong. The table tennis tumble happened Aug. 29, 2013, while Gioeli was being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.” [NY Daily News]


  • Aren’t lawsuits of this kind at least partially based on loss of future earnings? Since the man is 64 years old, and just began an 18 year prison sentence, it’s difficult to imagine what earnings he would lose as a result of this ping pong ball accident. And I’m assuming the prison already picks up all medical bills.

  • If this is successful, all the other prisoners will be able to thank him for losing the ability to play ping-pong in the future.

  • “My name is Forrest, Forrest Gioeli-ump. Momma always said that ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You don’t know what you’re gonna get till someone jumps out and caps your a$$.’ And, I learned to play Ping-Pong in government service, and I got so good that a man said he’d give me $10,000,000 just to say I fell down playing with his paddle. But, the Army must still have that money, because I haven’t seen any of it. And, that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”