I think that is certainly a significant part of this particular situation. Likely went into it with a bit of an adversarial mindset based on relationships that are valued (Evers family and Mullen). Even if Napier didn't try to immediately contact directly or through BG (which I'm not sure I buy), it's obvious the Gibson family was going the passive aggressive route on this one as well. The 'how hard are you going to chase me' gambit. Really a nothing to see here story on this one that the reporter decided to use for their own agenda in the piece.