"60 Minutes Sports" on Showtime last night aired an interview with John Alite, marking the former gangster's first interview since finishing an eight-year prison sentence for racketeering two years ago.
Alite had climbed high in the mob before deciding to flip for the feds and become their "star witness" against John Gotti Junior in a 2009 trial that ended with a hung jury.
Alite had been keeping a low profile since getting out of prison.
"60 Minutes" focused Alite's interview on sports betting, a hot political issue in New Jersey, but also included some of the highlights of his career on the street, limiting its scope to the turncoat's doings in the New York area, where he worked under the Gottis. But he also was quite active in the criminal underworld in Tampa, Fla., working under fellow New Yorker Ronald "Ronnie One Arm" Trucchio.
The truth is, there was not much meat on the program, but interesting details. At the end of this story we fill in some of the gaps that 60 minutes overlooked.
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