The NFL has completed a lengthily investigation of the New Orleans Saints. Why was it a lengthily investigation? Why did Goodell give the Saints a warning when he first heard of this program? Why is he doing anything about it now?
Goodell states, "we have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we're not going to relent." Since this investigation began in 2010, the NFL has done a thorough examination of this bounty program."
Adam Schefter, an ESPN NFL insider states, "the NFL has evidence the program was not cut out, and obviously there is going to be some serious ramifications here for a practice the NFL has frowned upon and outlawed…"
Payton and other assistant coaches failed to stop the program although they were fully aware of the situation and the NFL's view towards player safety.
So why did the NFL stop "frowning" on the Saints behavior and decide to do something about it?
My money is on Sean Pamphilon.Pamphilon was apparently trusted by the Saints front office enough to be allowed inside the team meetings and locker rooms. He was working on a video project for a year regarding the Saints players Sean Morey and Scott Fujita. These players helped fight the NFL for disability benefits for Steve Gleason his friend, co-director and a former Saint. He was on a first name basis with many of the players and staff and was no longer regarded as one of the media.
Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and then denied benefits by the NFL retired players fund. Pamphilon expresses disdain for the NFL for not supporting Gleason as well as others in his blog Tru Dat which explains how he broke the Bountygate story. He also has other friends that played in the NFL and now struggle with disabilities. While making a documentary about two players he respected for the fact that they stood up to the NFL to fight for disabled player's rights, he inadvertently records Greg Williams energizing his bounty system. Talk about right place at the right time.
In Pamphilon's effort to expose the NFL for not supporting injured players, Pamphilon instead slams head first into an evil plot to destroy players. "Separate the head and the body dies" proclaims Williams in a pregame team meeting on January 13th 2011 before the San Francisco playoff game.
Pamphilon writes in Tu Dat, "If it weren’t for the fact I feel deeply that parents of children playing football MUST pay attention to the influence of men who will sacrifice their kids for W’s, I would not have written this."
"Some will call me releasing this audio for fame or money grab. True haters will call it exploitation. People of character and conscience call it was it is; tru" writes Pamphilon.