Filmmaker says he did no wrong in releasing Gregg Williams audio
Steve Gleason is upset that Sean Pamphilon released audio tape of former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams speaking to the team the night before the NFC playoff game with the San Francisco 49ers.
Pamphilon had access to the meeting through Gleason, who suffers from ALS and was a guest of the Saints, the team he played for when he was in the NFL.
Pamphilon shared the audio with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports and posted it on a Web site on Thursday, bringing the bountygate story back into full focus. Gleason was upset that his trust had been violated.
“Sean Pamphilon and I have an agreement that all recordings ultimately belong to me and my family,” Gleason said in a statement this morning. “Nothing can be released without my explicit approval. I did not authorize the public release of any recordings.”
Pamphilon denied that he broke any legal agreement with Gleason in doing what he did.
“We do have a production agreement that I followed,” Pamphilon said, according to Silver. “I can’t understand why Steve would think it’s in his best interest to prevent me from telling the truth about Gregg Williams.”
According to Silver, Pamphilon says he has “nothing but love and respect for Steve, Michel (Gleason) and his whole family.” Pamphilon also denies being motivated by money in releasing the audio. He has yet to release video of the meeting.
“I have taken no money,” Pamphilon said. “I am a man of modest means and for the past year have financially gone out on a limb to document Steve and Michel Gleason’s life, as well as contribute to their various ventures regarding Team Gleason. I did this out of love and yes, I hoped it would eventually turn into an amazing film and I would have been rewarded for my efforts.
“I feel as strongly today as I have from the beginning that the audio speaks for itself and that the public had a right to hear it.”
We’re not sure if the public is really aided in hearing the audio. Some reacted with shock but Williams was accused of every bit of it – and more – by the NFL following its investigation. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely rule early next week on the appeals heard on Thursday in New York. At some point, discipline will likely come for players involved. Then, hopefully the NFL can begin to move past the black eye.
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