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Flacco role reveals Unitas family rift

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The news that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will play Johnny Unitas in an upcoming film has revealed an unfortunate rift within the family of the late Hall of Fame quarterback.

Joe Unitas (pictured), Johnny’s son by his second marriage, co-wrote the script for the movie and is delighted to have Flacco on board. But John Unitas Jr., Johnny’s son by his first marriage, ripped the choice of Flacco in an interview with USA Today.

“They’re trying to do anything on the coattails of my father’s name,” John Jr. said. “It’s like prostituting yourself. My father would have nothing to do with it. It makes me angry, but there’s nothing I can do about it until they slip up. If they start selling some things with Johnny Unitas on it, then I have legal recourse.”

John Jr. also called his half-brother “a turd” and called Flacco a “goofball.” That’s probably not the kind of publicity Flacco was hoping for when he agreed to play the part of one of the greatest players in NFL history.

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  1. 4thqtrsaint says: Apr 7, 2013 4:05 PM

    LMAO!! Funniest thing I’ve read all day

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 7, 2013 4:09 PM

    John later apologized for his choice of words. What he meant to say was that Joe Unitas was a goofball, and Flacco was a turd. “So many goddamn Joeys around you think you were in the Australian outback”, he offered by way of explanation.

  3. kaakwha says: Apr 7, 2013 4:10 PM

    In Bawlimer-ese, being called a goofball is grounds for fightin.

  4. blackngold4life says: Apr 7, 2013 4:10 PM

    lol this should be real interesting..didn’t no the “Goofball” could act..

  5. blacknole08 says: Apr 7, 2013 4:11 PM

    I get why John Jr. is upset, but I think the movie will pay homage to Johhny U.

    It could be worse. Tyler Perry could be directing it.

  6. ampats says: Apr 7, 2013 4:12 PM

    Looks like John Unitas Jr is not a fan of Baltimore’s current team.

  7. asyoulay69 says: Apr 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    Somebody is very bitter.

  8. sbaltimore says: Apr 7, 2013 4:21 PM

    Oh good. More Flacco fodder to get hits by the haters.

  9. mancave001 says: Apr 7, 2013 4:22 PM

    Class act there, junior. Class act.

  10. nahcouldntbethat says: Apr 7, 2013 4:22 PM

    Turd is one of the highest compliments you can use for your half-brother. At least it was when I was a kid.

  11. uvmcatamounts says: Apr 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    That’s fine if Johnny U’s relatives think he wouldn’t have supported this movie. But do you really need to throw Baltimore’s quarterback under the bus? Johnny U lived in Baltimore until he died and he was always a big supporter of the Ravens organization. He had disowned the Indianapolis Professional Football Team. So, really, did they have to trash Flacco? Seems unnecessary and petty.

  12. cullimon says: Apr 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    This guy sounds very mature

  13. cherrybop says: Apr 7, 2013 4:25 PM

    lol, more Craven drama…

    they’ll be lucky to go 6-10 in 2013.

  14. jayquintana says: Apr 7, 2013 4:33 PM

    Last time a football player starred in a movie it was Brian Bosworth.

    I doubt if the results here will be any better. When will people learn that professional athletes are not actors?

  15. rocketcrab says: Apr 7, 2013 4:34 PM

    I graduated from high school with John Jr. and he was a class act back then. I think that this is an unfortunate rift within the extended Unitas family, and has nothing to do with Joe Flacco.

  16. si1m says: Apr 7, 2013 4:35 PM

    Wes Craven will be lucky to go 6-10 this year? huh?

    As for the RAVENS we’re already 4-0 in calendar year 2013: in playoff games.

  17. throw46 says: Apr 7, 2013 4:39 PM

    Don’t know about who is a turd and who is a goofball….but Flacco as Johnny U?

    Even if it’s just throwing the ball in takes, he’s too tall, holds the ball differently and his footwork doesn’t come close to Unitas.

    Very poor choice…didn’t know that Flacco could act either.

  18. whatjusthapped says: Apr 7, 2013 4:46 PM

    Let me guess, John Jr. is a knuckle head who at this point in his life would be completely irrelevant if not for the fame of his father.

    Oh, and he’s accusing others of riding his father’s coat tails. Like he has a leg to stand on with that charge. And when he draws direct comparisons to prostituting oneself, I’m going out on a limb and saying he is probably making that comparison based on real life experience. No doubt he knows where the economy sized jars of KY Jelly are at in his local Walgreens.

  19. 52ismycopilot says: Apr 7, 2013 4:47 PM

    Why?? He’s god awful in commercials…He needs to stick to football and focus on getting better and winning games. Almost seems like a joke.

  20. jayquintana says: Apr 7, 2013 4:48 PM

    Let me go out on a limb, the Academy will not be recognizing this film come the Oscars.

  21. j0esixpack says: Apr 7, 2013 4:52 PM

    What, is Flacco demanding 25% of the movie’s salary cap or something?

  22. ravenmomma says: Apr 7, 2013 4:52 PM

    Hey Johnny Jr., angry much? Seriously, he sounds very bitter and it’s very unfortunate that this is airing publicly. I get calling your brother a name because you’re mad (still not right to do it publicly) but why is Flacco being bashed simply because he has agreed to play a part in the movie? This guy sounds like he needs to grow up and keep family rifts within the confines of the family…not for public consumption.

  23. turfrage says: Apr 7, 2013 5:05 PM

    Sounds like John jr. Made a turd of himself to me. Who did he want Brad Pitt?!?

  24. notoriousjebus says: Apr 7, 2013 5:17 PM

    I don’t know if Flacco’s involvement has done anything to “reveal” the rift. These two factions of the Unitas family have been suing the face off one another for literally the last 10 years.

  25. classyjacklambert says: Apr 7, 2013 5:17 PM

    LOL It would have been better if he called flacco a turd and his brother a goofball, but still funny as heck!

  26. reed20fence says: Apr 7, 2013 5:27 PM

    It’s one thing if you’ve got issues with your brother, it’s a wholly other ballgame when you drag someone innocent like Flacco into your mudslinging.

    Flacco knows nothing about, nor should you bash him for innocently stepping on the turd that is your family disfunction.

    Absolutely classless behavior by all the Unitases. A shame on their fathers good name.

  27. mrfloydpink says: Apr 7, 2013 5:29 PM

    Wow. I knew Unitas was overrated as a QB. Guess he was overrated as a father, too.

  28. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 7, 2013 5:42 PM

    Johnny U Ju sounds like he’d be a ton of fun to have beers with.

  29. sixjak says: Apr 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    No class. John Jr. would be better served to offer no comment and work to preserve his dad’s legacy by offering forth dignified words and actions if it really is about preserving his father’s legacy.

  30. vader7176 says: Apr 7, 2013 5:50 PM

    Do the Unitas’s realize how petty and transparent this whole thing is? Didn’t they learn from Ted William’s family feud over his body. Question : does Joe want to honor or profit and is Jr. worried about dad’s legacy or that he’s gonna lose money?

  31. Max says: Apr 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    Kinda of over board comments by the first son… let the guy make the movie about father. Did not even know who these guys are before this article!

    Kinda shows the character of the man John Jr. is by the nasty and classless comments he made. He must be an entitled human being that still wants to live off the fact the he is the son of Unitas, controlling everything.

  32. Deb says: Apr 7, 2013 6:25 PM

    What … what? Why?

    If they were going to make a movie about my legendary father, I’d want a real actor to play the part. It’s a lot easier to cut in actual football clips when needed than it is to make a football player look like an actor if he doesn’t have any acting chops. Of course, some athletes are good actors, but few of them debuted by having to carry a picture. Sounds like this is going to be something made in a parking lot–and I don’t blame the elder Unitas for being upset about that.

  33. briscocountyjr says: Apr 7, 2013 6:52 PM

    LOL! Classic stuff there. Flacco probably wants to grab a Tom Cruise sized contract…

    Was he wrong about Flacco being a goofball…? Probably not, he’s the highest paid top-15 qb in the league.

  34. 49erstim says: Apr 7, 2013 7:17 PM

    Apparently I’m one of 3 people that think taking a shot at Flacco here is a bad move. All he did was sign on to play a legendary QB and he gets called names. That’s absurd and you people condoning that should be ashamed. What ever happened to common decency?

  35. Dusty Grey says: Apr 7, 2013 7:27 PM

    I’m siding with the brother that looks the most like their father.

  36. TheWizard says: Apr 7, 2013 8:30 PM

    Either Jr. is a total jerk, or he’s an alright guy who made a bad choice on what to say publicly.

    Either way, taking a shot at Flacco is clearly not the right thing to do.

  37. greyhawk9 says: Apr 8, 2013 8:41 AM

    this family obviously didnt stress education during the upbringing of these backward hill people

  38. officialgame says: Apr 8, 2013 9:26 AM

    Sounds like a lot of bad stuff has been going on with the Unitis family for a long time. Money?

  39. hrmlss says: Apr 8, 2013 11:42 AM

    John Jr sounds like he should play Jim Irsay’s dad in the movie. Has the classless ass part down pat.

  40. Moudabo says: Apr 8, 2013 12:00 PM

    It’s always about the $$$$ – gimme my cut.

  41. ravenator says: Apr 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    You could not have a more perfect candidate than Joe Flacco. Look at the postseason numbers this past year. Unitas did not even accomplish those feats. On top of that, he looks like Unitas and plays like him too. Man is a winner. The rest of you who fail to recognize that are simply hating. Its ok not to be a fan of someone, but when you have no facts to back up why he is so “average” or “overrated” you just sound silly – and dont even bring up a fantasy QB as a reason – he’s on a run-first team and I encourage you to show me another team that has a running back as dynamic as Ray Rice but still throws for over 5,000 yards… waiting

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    What’s next with Flacco – Dancing With the Stars?

    He’s now surpassed BB as the afcn’s biggest diva.

  43. waladen says: Apr 9, 2013 11:59 AM

    Regardless, I don’t think a typical Hollywood movie would do Unitas justice.

    Growing up without a father shoving coal and dog earring a Red Grange book from the library in an age when baseball ruled, to playing a game a U of L against UT where they had to cut his uniform off from being so exhausted, to playing on fields of gravel and broken glass for $6 a game, nothing Hollywood can do in 2 hours could come close to showing the passion and commitment Unitas had for the game of football.

    Every moment of his life on the field was remarkable until the last series of downs he played at Baltimore. None were better than him before and none will ever carry a candle to him afterwards. There was and only will be one Unitas.

  44. mikebrownfaux says: Apr 9, 2013 7:19 PM

    Wouldn’t a movie be considered something you’re going to “sell”? Sounds to me, like this guy is mad he isn’t getting any royalties from his smarter half-brother..

  45. shickenchit says: Apr 15, 2013 4:43 PM

    Good, this should keep the overpaid QB away from the football field while others are practicing.

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