Filmmaker explains decision to release Greg Williams' audio

Sean Pamphilon, the documentary maker who taped Gregg Williams’ pregame speech in which he urged players to hurt members of the San Francisco 49ers, has released a statement.

Pamphilon was given access to the meeting in the team hotel the night before the NFC playoff game because he was working on a project for Steve Gleason, the former Saints special teams standout who is stricken with ALS.

Here is Pamphilon’s statement, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

“If this story hadn't broken and been made public, I would not have shared this it. I would not have compromised my personal relationships and risked damaging Steve Gleason's relationship with the Saints. I would have crafted these words and sentiments for another forum, perhaps years down the road.

"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."

There’s really nothing shocking in Williams’ audio tape. Did we know Williams paid players? Yes. Did we know he encouraged players to injure targets on the other team? Yes. Maybe it’s the shock value of hearing Williams’ words but when you boil it down, isn’t this what we expected?

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