NEW ORLEANS -- A documentary filmmaker says 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 says 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, who've supported Gleason's 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.
Williams is suspended indefinitely for his admitted role overseeing a bounty system that rewarded Saints defenders with cash for painful hits during his tenure with the team from 2009 to 2011. The assistant coach left New Orleans after the playoff loss and was hired as defensive coordinator by the St. Louis Rams.
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 bounty 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.
Sapp is bankrupt
Former NFL star Warren Sapp owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony, according to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in South Florida.
Sapp's $6.45 million in assets includes 240 pairs of Jordan athletic shoes worth almost $6,500, a $2,250 watch and a lion skin rug worth $1,200. He also reported losing his 2002 Super Bowl ring with the Bucs and his 1991 national championship ring from Miami.