Sean Pamphilon’s motives becoming clearer; “journalism chess”

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Filmmaker Sean Pamphilon (Photo courtesy of cbssports.com)

Filmmaker Sean Pamphilon created a Watergate atmosphere when he released the Gregg Williams tapes.  At the time he said he was doing what he thought was right and not for publicity or money, but recent events may suggest otherwise.

Pamphilon has crusaded ever since he released the tapes of former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams pre-game speech as just wanting to reveal the truth and to show the public what happens behind the curtain in the NFL.

Wanting to be objective and not seem like the ranting blogger, I actually tweeted Yahoo! Sports writer Mike Silver who Pamphilon contacted to “break” the story on the tapes.

I had asked Silver what Pamphilon’s reasons were for waiting so long to release the tape and why.  Silver simply responded that Pamphilon had his reasons and that they would bore me.

I told him I really wanted to know, but Silver never gave me an answer.  I also tried contacting Pamphilon by Twitter but never received a response on the timing and motives of releasing the tapes.

As stated before, I’m a big believer in doing what is morally right.  Yet, waiting almost three months to do it is obviously going to raise these types of questions.

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Topics: Barbara Walters, Chris Mortensen, ESPN, Gregg Williams, Michael Moore, Mike Silver, Mike Wallace, Roger Goodell, Sean Pamphilon, Steve Gleason, Yahoo! Sports

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  • markisright

    Nailed it!

  • Gene Higginbotham

    Thanks Mark!

  • LI Saint

    We all knew from the beginning that he was suspect. The timing of it all was suspicious at best. I am glad that you followed up on him Gene. Of course, this will get no national play since you are so “biased” and “slanted” toward the Saints (wink wink). Whenever Silver and LaConfora take a deep breath the waters part and the gospel is spoken. If the pompous Goodell grants this request, we will really know what’s up. Don’t let this go, Gene. Be a pitbull on this one. It may start locally but it will grow nationally. Thanks for digging this up. Get the “Times-Picayune” and nola.com to give you some play. You deserve the exposure. 

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @LI Saint: Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately, because many may simply see me as a “blogger” and not a true journalist or writer, then a lot of times these articles don’t see the light of day.

    It is up to you and readers like yourself to spread the word. I’ve stated before that I don’t have a problem with Pamphilon doing the right thing, just the steps that he took.

    I try to tweet my articles to major radio stations and media people but seldom get a response. Like I said its up to people like yourself to spread the information and get a dialogue started.

    As far as the TP and NOLA is concerned, I’ve tweeted my article to them before but no response. Jeff Duncan actually has met Pamphilon before and said he is actually a good guy and is on a friendly basis with him so that may be the reason, but I’m not sure. Thank you so much for the encouragement and support for myself and WDD.

    While I do write about the Saints, I try to look at everything from all angles, good and bad. Hope my articles do the same for you and our readers. Thanks again!