Yes, balls. The male testicular fortitude that powers our species.
When Sean Pamphilon’s audio tape of Gregg Williams’ maniacal pre-game playoff speech surfaced late last night and spread throughout the Internet’s vast selection of tubes and wires earlier this morning, two questions were immediately asked by everyone who listened to his profanity.
Had the arrogance of Williams really penetrated so deep that he’d allow his words of lunacy to be recorded? Or did he just simply not care that a camera was in the room?
The answer to the first question is both yes and no, while the second question is indeed greeted with indifference.
Williams was fully aware that Pamphilon was recording his pre-game display prior to the Saints’ playoff loss to San Francisco. What he wasn’t aware of, though, is that Pamphilon–who was allowed around the team with his cameras while he worked on a documentary about former Saint Steve Gleason, who has ALS–would distribute the audio from his speech.
No one was aware of that, because Pamphilon went rogue, according to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio. Not in the Sarah Palin sense of the word either, when no one really knows what rogue is, or what it means. Pamphilon’s conscience compelled him to release the audio without permission from the Saints or Gleason, even though he knew his actions could permanently damage his relationships, and possibly his project with Gleason.
There are misguided voices eager to label Pamphilon a snitch, most notably Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, who tweeted that Pamphilon is a coward and said he should be ashamed that he’s taken advantage of Gleason. That tweet has since been deleted, so maybe Pamphilon isn’t the one feeling shame.
The perception of the snitch is a warped world view. When a blatant rule violator is identified, they’re instinctively angry at the whistle blower, and that anger should be directed inwards. By releasing the audio, Pamphilon showed he has more bravery and testicular strength than anyone in that room during Williams’ speech in early January.
On his personal blog Pamphilon followed up with some thoughts about what he saw and heard that day, and he was rather candid with his words directed towards Williams.
Note the multiple references to male genitalia:
You see, I was sitting next to Steve Gleason in the back of the room as Gregg Williams screamed ‘fuck’ and ‘fuckin’ countless times when instructing his men to hurt other men. Williams wasn’t considering the fact that many of those men have children and all of those men are somebody’s son.
“We make no apologies for the way we play the game,” Williams said in a tone which suggested that he actually had the balls to put on a uniform and do the very things he was ordering his players to do, much less be on the receiving end of the blows he was ordering up.
I don’t have those balls.
You don’t have those balls.
And Gregg Williams most definitely does not have those balls.
It’s a cowards play to send someone off to do your malicious bidding. I’m sure many of his players would have told him this if they weren’t scared to lose their jobs or look like bitches in front of their teammates. Or if they weren’t 25 and couldn’t possibly have a fully developed perspective on life.
Arrogance fueled by cowardice has always been the essence of the Bountygate story. Now that we’ve heard a verbal sample of Williams’ malice, we can confidently conclude that the source of the venom will never coach in the NFL again.