According to FBI records, retired Boston Celtics star point guard Bob Cousy had social relationships with powerful east coast mobsters Jerry Angiulo and Frank (Frankie Sky Ball) Scibelli during and after his playing days in the NBA and was eyed by the feds for possible wrongdoing. Cousy is considered one of the greatest floor generals in pro basketball history and won six world championships as a player. He was the NBA’s MVP in 1957 and coached the Celtics in the 1960s. Despite the interest from law enforcement about the company he kept, Cousy never faced any charges and was never implicated in any impropriety.
Angiulo was the mafia don of Boston from the late 1950s — the underboss of New England’s Patriarca crime family —- until he was imprisoned for racketeering in 1983. Sky Ball Scibelli was overseer of the Western Massachusetts rackets for the Genovese crime family out of New York in the 1980s and 1990s. Cousy has admitted to partying and golfing with members of Scibelli’s Springfield-based crew, including prolific bookie Andy (The Arm) Pradella. Before becoming a pro, Cousy was an All-American at nearby Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Last month, Cousy, 91, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Donald Trump.
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