Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has recently been slated to play Johnny Unitas in a movie about the late Baltimore Colts quarterback’s life—and the Unitas family is pissed about it.
Or rather, certain members of the Unitas family are upset about the casting choice. The movie, Unitas We Stand (wow), is being put together by Joe Unitas, the son of the late NFL great.
Joe recently announced that the Ravens quarterback will be doing work as an "in-game" stand-in for his father during action shots in the film, a decision that has riled up some members of the Unitas family who don’t believe the choice pays proper homage to the NFL legend.
If you want a real movie, hire a real actor, wrote J.C. Unitas on Facebook. J.C. is the 24-year-old grandson of Johnny Unitas and a former quarterback for Villanova.
My grandfather and his legacy deserves only the best, and this is not it. Has Baltimore forgotten that Trent Dilfer also won a Super Bowl while playing for Baltimore?
Ooh—Trent Dilfer burn. The criticism isn’t limited to J.C., however; his father John Unitas Jr. thinks Flacco is a “goofball.”
Joe Unitas is a son from Johnny Unitas’ second marriage with Sandra Unitas. Sandra has unsuccessfully sued John Unitas Jr. for control of Unitas Management and his father’s namesake.
John Jr. is the eldest son from Johnny’s first relationship. He was there on the sidelines as a ballboy during his father’s games with the Baltimore Colts. If anyone knows what his father was like on the playing field and how his memory should be treated, it’s John Jr. He doesn’t exactly hold his half brother Joe, the would-be producer, or his movie plans in high regards.
“It is awful. The guy’s a turd,” John Jr. told the USAToday.
John Jr. said he plans on filing legal action if Joe attempts to profit from his father’s name.
On Twitter, keeping up with the Unitas family: Dr__Carson