NEW ORLEANS – A documentary filmmaker said he had the right to release a recording of then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams exhorting his players to physically punish targeted San Francisco players.
In a statement posted on his promotional website, Sean Pamphilon said he and former Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason have a production agreement that I have followed.
Gleason, who has ALS, had been allowing Pamphilon to document his struggle against the incurable disease. The Saints, whove supported Gleasons efforts to raise awareness about ALS, gave Pamphilon behind-the-scenes access, which allowed him to record Williams speech ahead of New Orleans 36-32 playoff loss to the 49ers in January.
Gleason said Friday that the Williams recording should not have been released without his permission, which he never gave.
Pamphilon, who said he received no money for releasing the audio, posted it on the promotional website for one of his films on the same day that Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and other team officials appeared before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for an appeal hearing of their punishment stemming from the scandal.
It is true that from the beginning Steve and his wife were opposed to releasing this audio and I felt strongly that the public had a right to hear this material and judge for themselves, Pamphilon said.
Pamphilon added that both he and Gleason agreed to let a third-party they both trust mediate and advise us on the final decision, and that person, whom Pamphilon did not name, said to release the recording.
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