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Goodell won’t submit to interview to get Williams tapes

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It wasn’t completely clear what filmmaker Sean Pamphilon meant when he said that, before giving the notorious Gregg Williams audio tapes to the NFL, Pamphilon wants Commissioner Roger Goodell to “answer real questions.”

It’s now becoming more clear what Pamphilon is up to.

Pamphilon wants, as we surmised, a sit-down with Goodell.  ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the NFL had rejected multiple requests from Pamphilon to interview Goodell for “a documentary,” and that Goodell will not submit to an interview with Pamphilon in order to get the Williams tapes.

Mortensen also reports that the NFL was aware of the contents of the tapes, given that Williams, once he came clean about the bounty system, told the league what he had said.

Pamphilon also is reportedly bracing for a subpoena for the tapes, but there can be no subpoena without formal legal action.  Whoever handles the appeal of the discipline imposed on the Saints players will have no ability to compel Pamphilon to produce the tapes.

Then again, there’s always a chance that Pamphilon will be the target of the legal action, especially since (as several of you have pointed out) the quality of the audio suggests that maybe, for this specific meeting, the cameras were off and the microphones weren’t obviously present.

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36 Responses to “Goodell won’t submit to interview to get Williams tapes”
  1. rmiller517 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:06 AM

    Sounds like this Pamphilon dude is doing everything he can to play up his 15 minutes.

  2. cali49er707 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:07 AM

    and who gives a damn, the sentence has been issued, pointless BS!!

  3. tjacks7 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:07 AM

    Sean Pamphilon is a douche.

  4. ttommytom says: Apr 16, 2012 10:10 AM

    Pamperfibber and Williams are both slime. Not sure which one is worse.

    Gleason is the innocent bystander as are Saint’s fans. Both deserve better…

  5. darthsaint says: Apr 16, 2012 10:17 AM

    But wait…EVERYONE on here thought this guy was a modern day Saint sent to squash the unworthy New Orleans Saints! Right? What happened? He was doing it for the kids…remember?

    Saints fans were thrown under the bus for calling this guy a snake. Making Gleasons final years not about dignity or fighting for awareness around ALS but instead of NFL produced drama fest to create public opinion that they actually give a crap about player safety.

    No, Pamphilon was exactly what Saints fans were telling you he was. This was never about morals or values or “doing the right thing”. It was ALWAYS about a money play…nothing more.

    In my opinion, Pamphilon can’t dissapear from my memory quick enough.

  6. braven4evr says: Apr 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    this world is real screwy; i actually agree with the goofball on this…DAMN!

  7. rexismybff says: Apr 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    If Godell ever does get his hands on those tapes, he’ll burn them. To protect “the competitive balance”. Like SpyGate.

    Pamphilon better fear for his life…

  8. annoyingknowitall says: Apr 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    How is this ‘documentary director’ trying to put a multi-billion dollar company like the NFL over his knee?

    Thats rather presumptuous of this guy. He knows that he will never get the NFL to do what he wants, he’s just liking the free publicity.

    He’s proving to be more of a douche than Williams ever was…

    If i cared more, this would be sickening.

  9. tcostant says: Apr 16, 2012 10:53 AM

    Just give the guy an interview; what does Goodell have to hide?

  10. jade amor says: Apr 16, 2012 10:56 AM

    I guess at least we all know what Matt Walsh has been up to. Apparently that snake changed his name to Sean Pamphilon…

  11. dnnsm30 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:58 AM

    Does this guy have any clue what the NFL PR and legal machines are going to do to him?

    Calling out the Commissioner! You just signed your career suicide note! Good luck buddy!

  12. 69finfan says: Apr 16, 2012 11:00 AM

    Pamphilon better be careful or else he might have a bounty placed on him.

  13. 513guy says: Apr 16, 2012 11:02 AM

    This guy is quickly becoming the Salmon Rushdie of New Orleans. He should probably steer clear of that city for the next couple decades.

  14. nflfollower says: Apr 16, 2012 11:05 AM

    This power struggle is humorous. Good to see the NFL isn’t above engaging in the same activities as my children.

  15. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 16, 2012 11:09 AM

    Wow look at all the ppl calling him garbage now. But when he first realesed the tapes 95% of the comments on here had his back and were calling Saints fans all kinda names cause we knew this was nothing more than an attempt at getting famous.

  16. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 16, 2012 11:09 AM

    But all the Saints haters thought this Pamphilon was an honorable, good samaritan. How can he be anything else only because he wants to interview Lil Napoelean?

    Williams MAYBE should be suspended for 4 games.

    Loomis doesn’t deserve to be disciplined
    Payton doesn’t deserve to be disciplined
    The organization doesn’t deserve tdraft picks forfeited
    Players do not deserve disciplined

    Many players have come out and said that trying to put star players out of the game for better chance of winning has been going on for decades.

    That is common sense and EVERYONE knows that goes on.
    This creep used a dying man to get some fame and lowlifes are giving him kudos. That is sickening.

    Goodell is only doing this crap to the Saints because of the lawsuits piling up from former players who squandered their money and are now looking for a fast buck.
    Sueing over ALLEGED injuries that they KNEW was part of the deal when they signed on makes them no better than Pampilon.

  17. norseyapper says: Apr 16, 2012 11:22 AM

    Gotta agree with the commish on this, it sounds close to extortion.
    Anyone who cares already listened to the tape. Sure it would be nice to have one of the “several copies” this scumbag has in “various places,” but at the tend of the day…not really needed.

    As a Vikings fan, one who feels a bit cheated from the 2009 championship game debacle, let’s be clear: The Vikings had every opportunity to win that game regardless of a bounty on Favre and they peed it away with their own mistakes from Childress, Favre, Peterson, you name ‘em.
    The bounty business shows Williams to be a horrible human being, andPayton and Loomis in a “let’s not look too close cause it’s workin’ for us” mode.
    But this Pamphilon butt hole…he was there by invitation to do a documentary and now he’s turned on the Saints and the NFL in order to make his buck out of it.
    He’s right there with Williams in the scum of the earth pile.

  18. bozosforall says: Apr 16, 2012 11:24 AM

    tcostant says:
    Apr 16, 2012 10:53 AM
    Just give the guy an interview; what does Goodell have to hide?

    __
    He has what he did regarding Spygate to hide…destroying those tapes was much more about protecting his “good buddy” Kraft than anything else.

  19. CKL says: Apr 16, 2012 11:33 AM

    I said on here weeks ago that the NFL had this tape already. It’s common sense. I think we may find out the other thing I thought was correct also, that Goodell is behind the release of it. Just look at the TIMING of when it was let out. 3 mos after it’s made, it gets let out RIGHT when the Saints coaches and GM are appealing their suspension? Come on, man. We’re not dumb.
    Pamphilon may be trying to get his 15 minutes of fame, and if so it’s despicable. At least he HAD a tape though, UNLIKE Walsh.

  20. cags777 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:33 AM

    I’ll be the first to admit that I thought Sean Pamphilon did the right thing. Up until that point, it was the NFL labeling Gregg Williams as a bad guy. The audio simply verified what we believed about Williams from the NFL, and that Payton did not do his job to stop the bounty program the Saints ran.

    But then I actually read his rant on his website where paragraphs were terribly out of place. I was also disgusted that he defended Saints players like Jonathan Vilma and instead decided to shoot the messenger – saying the journalists should have taken the lessons they learned in journalism by verifying their sources first before putting the information out (funny, journalism students are also taught not to get too close to their sources and cloud their own judgement….).

    And now I see he’s using these tapes as leverage to get an interview with Roger Goodell. It’s not only lame and self-serving. It’s a great way to get yourself banned not only from NFL circles, but other professional circles as well. And for that, I can no longer defend this person (I can’t call him a man).

    Had Pamphilon chosen to simply release the audio and offer no explanation other than what he gave Michael Silver at Yahoo! Sports, I doubt he would have as many critics as he does now. He’s backed himself into a corner not only with his thorough explanation, but his lack of professionalism as a writer and documentary filmmaker.

  21. olcap says: Apr 16, 2012 11:37 AM

    Goodell is a douche. Why does the NFL have so much power in this country? PFT acts like Roger Goodell is like the alternate president of the US, when, in reality, he is a SPORTS commissioner! In other words, his “job” is about as much of a job as the homeless people begging at intersections. He has no importance at all as far as I’m concerned. Just another rich diva. Only difference is, he has already destroyed much of the game, with more to come.

  22. Max says: Apr 16, 2012 11:51 AM

    kathyisintheroom

    “Loomis doesn’t deserve to be disciplined
    Payton doesn’t deserve to be disciplined
    The organization doesn’t deserve tdraft picks forfeited
    Players do not deserve disciplined”

    Loomis yes! Because the NFL told them to stop in 2010 and he is ultimately responsible for setting the protocol within the organization.

    Payton yes! Not only did the NFL warn them in 2010 but its clear that internally those warnings were ignored. Williams was brazen in the way which he conducted himself, he was not giving instructions privately to players. He was openly giving locker room speeches. There was no attempt to conceal it. There is no way Payton could not have known about it. And because they were previously warned yes he should be suspended.

    Saints yes! ownership and management listen to two things… When they get hit in the wallet and when they lose potential revenue makers. Therefore this was a warning league wide. After all it is clear the verbal warnings they received in 2010 was not enough.

    Players no! Players get fined on the spot every week, the league has a committee that reviews harsh hits etc… if they did not fine players after reviewing those plays when it happened, then they can’t fine those players now. If they do, how far do they go back, where do they stop that rabbit hole is endless.

    The fact that the league warned the Saints and they ignored the league’s warning is why the penalties are so harsh!

  23. thetooloftools says: Apr 16, 2012 11:52 AM

    The NFL needs to implement a policy where ANY tapes or video/digital recording that is recorded on the premises of any NFL franchise must be made available to the NFL upon written request. How can someone be in an NFL locker room and be recording something, and then refusing to, or putting conditions on, release it to the league office? The NFL should not be dictated terms to on things that happened when they granted access to it staff or players on NFL team property. I really thought this would have already been addressed.

  24. cowboycjn says: Apr 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    tcostant says:
    Apr 16, 2012 10:53 AM
    Just give the guy an interview; what does Goodell have to hide?
    – - – - – - – - – – - – - – - – - – – - – - – - – - –
    Not about hiding anything, but with all the player lawsuits aganist the NFL – anything he says on tape that can be used aganist him or the league would be used. No matter how he answers questions in an interview they can be skewed to insinuate this or that making the league stance on player protection seem lame or go aganist the grain. Way to many leagal battles ahead to say anything on recorded tape – like shooting yourself in the foot – dam if you do and dam if your don’t.

  25. rexachss says: Apr 16, 2012 12:04 PM

    This is hilarious …he knew he had no shot getting Goodell…but why not try…I would have and so would you naysayers! !!!!!

  26. rcali says: Apr 16, 2012 12:27 PM

    Goodell doesn’t want to have to answer the tough questions that he doesn’t get from his hand picked interviews.

  27. j0esixpack says: Apr 16, 2012 12:30 PM

    I know Pamphilon is self promoting but I too would like to know how long Goodell has had am inkling of NFL bounties and how long after he continued to insist that coaches put players at risk with injury reports.

    We need Goodell to come clean about “commissioner-gate”

  28. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 16, 2012 12:36 PM

    If Belicheat never got suspended, then Payton should not be suspended.
    If the Patriots only lost one draft pick, then the Saints should lose ZERO picks.

    Lil Napolean protected the cheats, and goes completely overboard on the Saints.

    Selective discipline

  29. wetpaperbag3 says: Apr 16, 2012 12:39 PM

    Dear Mr. Roger Goodell,

    It’s a trap!

    Sincerely yours,
    General Akbar

  30. mlenenski says: Apr 16, 2012 12:50 PM

    There’s no doubt that Goddell gave the Saints a pass on the original “investigation” in order to cover up it’s existence.

    Rumors of this tape’s existence may also be “the snitch” that forced the league to act before we all got to hear what they’ve known for years.

    The NFL cannot plead ignorance on this issue at all. If proven, it’s knowledge of such a system is on par with permission to continue the status quo.

    The league is going to have a hard time proving its ignorance on this issue in a civil court when the class action lawsuit is brought to trial. This may never happen if the league chooses to continue the cover up by settling out of court.

  31. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 1:17 PM

    The NFL has no cause of legal action against Pamphilon, so no subpoena will be coming on their behalf. The coaches and players wouldn’t have reason to subpoena the tapes unless they were fighting civil or criminal cases and needed the tapes for evidence. So the only reason Pamphilon should be preparing for subpoena is if Gleason sues, claiming ownership of the tapes, which hasn’t yet happened.

    It sounds as though Gleason wants to create a film about the bounty scandal and is hoping to include an interview with the commissioner–although he can make a film using footage of Goodell instead. But if he was surreptitiously audiotaping that meeting without permission, he may wind up being sued by the Saints after his film is released.

  32. hairpie says: Apr 16, 2012 1:20 PM

    rexismybff says: Apr 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    If Godell ever does get his hands on those tapes, he’ll burn them. To protect “the competitive balance”. Like SpyGate.

    Pamphilon better fear for his life…
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    First he’ll leak them to his wife at Fox, then destroy them so he doesnt have to explain why he’s only punishing one team!

  33. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 1:26 PM

    @kathyisintheroom …

    All situations are not created equal. NFL teams had routinely taped one another’s signal-calling during games until the commissioner sent out a memo calling a halt to the practice. The Patriots’ “sin” was failing to stop a common practice after the memo went out. That’s how the Jets so easily picked up on what they were doing–everyone had been doing it. The Pats received a hefty penalty for ignoring a league directive.

    While all teams have engaged in some kind of bounty informal programs, Saints coaches were recorded urging players to go for the head at a time when the league was under fire from Congress to minimize head injuries. Their coach took outside money from a convicted felon to cheat the salary cap. They ignored direct orders from the team owner and the league, and repeatedly lied to league investigators. The Pats, on the other hand, immediately turned over all evidence to the league as soon as they were approached. They never cheated the salary cap or took outside money. And no efforts were made to injure anyone.

    I don’t like the Pats either, but the two situations have nothing in common.

  34. samoanjungle says: Apr 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    How DARE Ye tryeth to controleth the all-powerful Goodell!

    A pox be upon Ye and anyone that looks like Ye!

    {insert thunder clap here}

  35. CKL says: Apr 16, 2012 1:43 PM

    kathyisintheroom says: Apr 16, 2012 12:36 PM

    If Belicheat never got suspended, then Payton should not be suspended.
    If the Patriots only lost one draft pick, then the Saints should lose ZERO picks.

    Lil Napolean protected the cheats, and goes completely overboard on the Saints.

    Selective discipline
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    “Logic” fail. And name calling is a sure sign you have 0 argument.
    Good thing most Saints fans are smarter than you.

  36. revroy78 says: Apr 16, 2012 5:33 PM

    Re: Pamphilon also is reportedly bracing for a subpoena for the tapes, but there can be no subpoena without formal legal action. Whoever handles the appeal of the discipline imposed on the Saints players will have no ability to compel Pamphilon to produce the tapes.

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    Good luck on the formal legal action. In this case, Pamphilon can claim he is acting as a journalist so he will likely be protected from having to share his film (just like a newspaper reporter wouldn’t be required to share his notepad). I’m not sure what the shield laws are in California (where the taping took place), but I’m pretty sure Pamphilon won’t have to provide anything.

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