For a guy who has said he’s not looking for attention, he sure is looking for a lot of attention.
On Monday, three days after dropping a 10,000-word manifesto on his website regarding, in laborious detail, the thoughts and words and actions that culminated in the release of the Gregg Williams audio (and, of course, its aftermath), filmmaker Sean Pamphilon has taken to the airwaves to talk even more about the situation.
Look at his Twitter timeline. He is aggressively seeking media appearances. In a Friday tweet, he expressed a desire to be on PFT Live, pointing out that I’ve “been wanting to have [him] on.”
The more accurate conjugation of the verb “to want” is the past tense. When the Williams audio surfaced, I had many questions that the PFT Live audience (all five of them) surely would have wanted to hear Pamphilon answer. Given his soul purging in 10,000 words or more, there’s nothing to really ask, other than, perhaps, one of Rain Man’s favorite questions.
Pamphilon continues to throw logs onto the 15-minute-of-fame fire. He recently posted the audio of a voice message from Saints quarterback Drew Brees, in which Brees asks for an opportunity to review the initial essay that Pamphilon posted online, at the time the Williams audio was released.
Pamphilon’s latest effort to jump into the spotlight may simply be a transparent effort to build buzz for his documentary, The United States of Football. Alternatively (or perhaps in addition), his goal could be to erase the perception that the betrayed former Saints special-teamer Steve Gleason by releasing audio that Pamphilon was able to capture only because he had the trust of Gleason, who in turn had the trust of the Saints.
In his diary, Pamphilon spends much time explaining that, as of early April, he had no plan to release the audio, and that he proceeded only after being prodded to do so by the NFLPA, via former Saints linebacker and NFLPA executive committee member Scott Fujita. Then, when Brees and Gleason wanted to review Pamphilon’s corresponding essay and Pamphilon declined and Gleason told Pamphilon not to release the audio, Pamphilon decided the die had been cast and the audio was released.
Perhaps that’s why Pamphilon was almost defiant on Monday, while appearing on 690 AM in New Orleans. “How has this negatively impacted Steve Gleason?” Pamphilon said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “This has been devastating for me and my family. Anybody who can tell me what is negative for Steve other than I hurt his feelings, I’d love to hear that.”
Um, there’s a slight difference between a betrayal of trust and hurt feelings. Especially when the betrayal of trust triggers feelings in Gleason that he in turn betrayed the trust of the Saints, by trusting a man who wasn’t trustworthy.
Previously, Pamphilon created the impression that he was willing to sacrifice his relationship with Gleason to advance some greater good. “I gave up a sure thing, to do what myself and many other parents would consider the right thing,” Pamphilon told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports in response to the initial criticism Pamphilon endured.
But by trying so hard to justify what he did, Pamphilon has admitted that he was ready to not publish the audio (i.e., to not do the “right thing”), and that it was only after the NFLPA prodded him, apparently for strategic reasons, to release the tape on April 2 that he decided to proceed. Thus, while Pamphilon’s explanation that Gleason was fine with the audio being published as long as he had a chance to read Pamphilon’s essay in advance would tend to take much of the sting out of the notion that Gleason was vehemently opposed to Gregg Williams’ words being played for a broader audience, Pamphilon’s also has undermined his own supposedly righteous motives.
He didn’t surrender to a crisis of conscience. He had decided not to release the audio, until the NFLPA, via Fujita, dusted off the topic a month after the bounty scandal was exposed.