Filmmaker Sean Pamphilon told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday that the NFL has asked for his audio recording of former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his players to target opponents ahead of a playoff game last season.
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Pamphilon told the website that the league known as him “four instances on Friday” asking for the audio. He mentioned he expects the tapes to be subpoenaed.
The NFL indefinitely suspended Williams, now the St. Louis Rams’ defensive coordinator, for operating a bounty system that rewarded Saints players for huge hits on opponents. Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the whole 2012 season and will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant Joe Vitt, who should serve his personal six-game ban as soon as the season begins.
Pamphilon previously stated he was within his rights to release audio of a pregame speech by Williams encouraging his players to injure opponents, claiming he hadn’t violated his agreement with former Saints unique-teams stalwart Steve Gleason. Pamphilon said his agreement with Gleason, the topic of his upcoming documentary, doesn’t prohibit either party from releasing audio or video ahead of the project’s completion.
The subject of the tapes incorporates a profanity-laced speech, a portion of which Pamphilon recorded, exactly where Williams urges Saints players to inflict harm on a number of San Francisco 49ers, like quarterback Alex Smith, operating back Frank Gore, and wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams.
“At a single point, Williams says, ‘We hit (expletive) Smith proper there’ — then he points beneath his chin (and continues) — ‘remember me,’ ” Pamphilon told Yahoo! Sports. “Then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers — the money sign — and says, ‘I got the very first one. I got the very first 1. Go get it. Go lay that (expletive) out.’ “
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