The Situation -- My Dad is Hurting Our Family

5/11/2011 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is responding to his father's vicious comments that he posted online, saying through his rep, "Mike is extremely saddened by his estranged father's actions ..."

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Frank Sorrentino claimed Mike has abandoned his family when he got famous, suggesting Mike refused to give him financial help.

In the statement, the rep says Mike's dad "has unfortunately decided to go public ... to garner himself media attention."  And the rep says, "The Sorrentino family, Marc, Frank, Jr., Melissa, and their mother Linda, remain united with Mike under these hurtful circumstances."