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NFL asks filmmaker for Gregg Williams recordings

File photo of New Orleans Saints' Williams watching his team prepare for NFL football game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans Reuters

Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon caused a stir ten days ago when he released an audio recording of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his players to injure the 49ers prior to their NFC playoff game. What Pamphilon hasn’t done is release everything he recorded behind the scenes with the Saints. But that’s what the NFL is asking him to do.

Pamphilon told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports that the league office has been in touch and wants to get a complete look at anything that can shed light on the Saints bounty scandal.

“NFL security called four times on Friday. They want the Gregg Williams tapes,” Pamphilon told Silver.

Pamphilon also said he wants “Roger Goodell to answer real questions first.” It’s not clear exactly what Pamphilon means by that, but if he means that he wants to be the one to ask those “real questions” to Goodell, that’s a request that may bolster those who think Pamphilon inserted himself into the bounty story for self-serving reasons.

Pamphilon added that he has copies of tapes “in several locations.” It remains to be seen whether the NFL’s security office will be one of those locations that houses Pamphilon’s tapes in the future.

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58 Responses to “NFL asks filmmaker for Gregg Williams recordings”
  1. skoobyfl says: Apr 15, 2012 8:12 PM

    This should close the door on his NFL career, if not college as well.

  2. cakemixa says: Apr 15, 2012 8:12 PM

    How can you give out punishments, and still be in the process of collecting evidence? Talk about a dictatorship

  3. lasher1650 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:17 PM

    Why have the Rams not officially fired him yet?

  4. jason49er says: Apr 15, 2012 8:18 PM

    Maybe his Alma Mater will hire him back. And by Alma Mater, I mean Belton High School.

  5. christhefish says: Apr 15, 2012 8:18 PM

    This Pamphilon guy sounds like a real DB, and I don’t mean a defensive back. On the other hand, GW has it coming, and he already knows that. Throw ‘em in, flush and then clean it with strong bleach.

  6. y5nthon5a says: Apr 15, 2012 8:19 PM

    He inserted himself into this for “self-serving” reasons if he asks Goodell for answers? Heh, take it as you will. I think the man wants to make a great movie so all the fans understand exactly what happened before he lets the commish see the tapes. I think it’s ridiculous that people are trying to bring down Pamphilon. He’s just a guy caught up in it, that also happens to be a producer for the upcoming movie about it. I just don’t think he should be looked at as a “bad guy”.

  7. cserisey says: Apr 15, 2012 8:20 PM

    Close the door on his career? I can only hope. I thought he was an unhinged A-hole years ago.

  8. mrbigass says: Apr 15, 2012 8:22 PM

    Tamphilon is lookin to cash in and sounds like he’s enjoying the attention. Just another jerk to add to the list…..

  9. twodat says: Apr 15, 2012 8:23 PM

    Who thinks of Steve Gleason in all of this? Had feeding tube inserted this week. Stress not good for him. Pamphilon may be trying to justify his tape release by forcing a true dialog with Goodell. NFL can ask for tapes but has no authority to compel a non NFL employee to do anything. Hope Gleason gets copies of his tapes for his son

  10. sdisme says: Apr 15, 2012 8:24 PM

    Is the NFL still looking for “evidence”? Maybe the NFLPA didn’t think they had as much as they bolstered having.

  11. canadaramsfan says: Apr 15, 2012 8:25 PM

    The “real question” is how much $$$

  12. benh999 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:26 PM

    Are Saints’ coaches required to wear those stupid visor hats? If so, it goes a long way toward explaining why Parcells opted to stay retired.

  13. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 15, 2012 8:28 PM

    Seems to be a “Jerk Off” happening here. Williams, the Saints, and this dweeb filmmaker, all competing to show who can be the biggest Jerk.

  14. talkintrashallday says: Apr 15, 2012 8:35 PM

    *Trainer Voice* – “It’s over, Rock! It’s OVER!!”

  15. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 15, 2012 8:35 PM

    so, he didn’t give the recordings to the league first?

  16. numberoneinthehoodg says: Apr 15, 2012 8:37 PM

    Funny and sad at the same time. He must have something on Goodell or he’s pulling a major bluff card which seems unlikely. Yet, why doesn’t he mention D. Smith? Inquiring minds want to know?

    Got a feeling we’ll never know.

  17. howiefeltersnatch says: Apr 15, 2012 8:37 PM

    Pat Shurmur should have never been hired to be a head coach in the NFL.

  18. zor9999 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:38 PM

    Hopefully there is no “One Night in Williams” tape in the collection.

  19. redrobots44 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:40 PM

    Screw Williams regardless, life timer ban just for ignoring the leagues warnings

  20. nflgreedleague says: Apr 15, 2012 8:40 PM

    Goodell wants to sweep what’s left of this under the carpet and destroy those tapes just like the Patriots scandel. At least miminize the exposure that Pamphilon will most certainly continue bring to the matter. Tell him no way Pamphilon!

  21. VegasKJ says: Apr 15, 2012 8:42 PM

    I would watch an entire Tim Tebow-quarterbacked game right now over sitting at the kitchen table on a Sunday night ADHD-surfing the web.

    How many more weeks until Football Night in America?

  22. wadinmypants says: Apr 15, 2012 8:42 PM

    LOL Williams thought the worst was over. Get ready big boy, your game is just starting.

  23. j0esixpack says: Apr 15, 2012 8:43 PM

    He may question the extent to which the NFL knew of the practice by which coaches targeted vulnerable players and how long after the Commissioner continued a policy of insisting on a public disclosure that aided the practice.

    Indeed the Commissioner even fined those coaches who were reluctant to provide the Gregg Williams of the NFL the information they craved.

    It may be that “Commisioner-gate” will follow on the heels of Bounty-gate.

  24. egomaniac247 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:45 PM

    The nfl is turning into a soap opera.

  25. riverhorsey says: Apr 15, 2012 8:48 PM

    Fine by me, let’s hear all the tapes.

  26. chopfinger says: Apr 15, 2012 8:49 PM

    In fairness to all the teams Gregg Williams ran a bounty system while working for I hope they ask NFL Films for any pre-game speeches when he worked for the Redskins, Titans, and Bills.

    Oh, wait..the bounty systems he ran with those teams are being swept under the rug….I forgot.

  27. bountyboyzz504 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:50 PM

    we on the rampage all year you heard dat whoadie , we feed off of the jealousy and the hate HAHAAAAAA, superbowl champs this year , winning it at home in tha N.O. yesssirrrrrr

  28. randomguy9999 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:51 PM

    Pamphilon kept Gleason’s private stuff private and took a crime of great public interest he recorded and made that public.

    Subsequently, he wants to work the news angle, as he happens to be a documentary film maker / journalist who specializes in the NFL…. and people want to accuse him of taking advantage of a situation?

    that’s absurd…

  29. vikescry1 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:52 PM

    by real questions i bet pamphilon means how much is it worth to you?

  30. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 15, 2012 8:56 PM

    Dude saw this as his chance that’s it.

  31. craigskins21 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:57 PM

    usaully a snake slithers,but this one can walk!!!!!!!!

  32. thespeaker08 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:58 PM

    I hope Pamphilon really has this tape.

    The fact that he hasn’t ALREADY turned it over makes me think it doesn’t exit, though.

  33. ivibaileyivi says: Apr 15, 2012 8:59 PM

    Who dat nation. You a cheating, dirt ball nation!!

    ****2009 Super Bowl New Orleans Aints****

    Come on Pamphilon release more tapes on slime ball nation and sink them further into the gulf.

  34. sitbackandwatch says: Apr 15, 2012 9:02 PM

    He released the first recording against Steve Gleason’s wishes and possibly a contractual agreement. Now the NFL is asking him to violate same agreement. Pretty low Goodell.

  35. bigwinintx says: Apr 15, 2012 9:03 PM

    Although the Saints organization will likely ban this guy for life, he can almost write his own check when it come s to the league as a whole.

    If he plays ball and tries NOT to be an “investigative reporter”, the NFL would surely grant him a favor of his choosing further down the line.
    If he plays his hand smart he can have the kind of access and career that only NFL Films has the luxury to enjoy. So stop trying to pop yourself into the spotlight and cut yourself a deal that can make you VERY wealthy in the long run.

    This is his lottery ticket and he’s about to throw it out the window, you know he will and I know he will.

  36. caseyanthonymunoz says: Apr 15, 2012 9:03 PM

    “What recordings?” asked Drew Brees. “We did nothing wrong!”

  37. geo1113 says: Apr 15, 2012 9:05 PM

    And what might those questions be, Sean (Pamphilon)? For example…will you pay any legal fees I may encounter for handing them over.

  38. wisconsinvikingsfan says: Apr 15, 2012 9:07 PM

    Oh no! The chickens are coming home to roost. Run! Lol

  39. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 15, 2012 9:08 PM

    I am guessing this is why the player punishments haven’t been decided yet. They are trying to find out if there is even more evidence of certain players’ involvement – either those they already had proof about and those they didn’t think they had enough proof of wrongdoing with but the tapes could now convince them one way or the other. Or, involvement by others they hadn’t know about yet.

  40. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 15, 2012 9:08 PM

    ivibaileyivi says:
    Apr 15, 2012 8:59 PM
    Who dat nation. You a cheating, dirt ball nation!!

    ****2009 Super Bowl New Orleans Aints****

    Come on Pamphilon release more tapes on slime ball nation and sink them further into the gulf.

     ——

    Vikes fan I guess.

  41. benmci says: Apr 15, 2012 9:09 PM

    Does anyone remember “Buddy Ball”? Back in the 80s Buddy Ryan had the body bag game against the Redskins and ended Jess Atkins career, along with knocking out all the QBs to where Brian Mitchell QB the game with Jeff Bostic becoming the sole player on the team left to play QB if Mitchell got hurt. Buddy’s boys (Andre Waters and others) said the would go out to hurt the skins. The case is Greg Williams has a disciple of Buddys, so this scandle goes further back than the Saints

  42. threedeep1998 says: Apr 15, 2012 9:10 PM

    The audio and video are at David Lynch’s house. He’s making an art film about this with Kyle MacLachlan investigating

  43. giantsfan2104 says: Apr 15, 2012 9:15 PM

    Ruh-roh!

  44. Deb says: Apr 15, 2012 9:19 PM

    Pamphilon shouldn’t give those recordings to anyone–least of all NFL Security. Sorry, but this guy is a filmmaker and this is his livelihood. It’s not self-serving to market your own product–it’s business. If he owns those recordings, he should turn them into a documentary and sell it. If ownership of the recordings is still in dispute, he shouldn’t give them to anyone until that is resolved.

    If he can prove ownership, he can let Goodell hear the recordings without letting them out of his possession. But I’d make sure Goodell wasn’t carrying any recording devices and make him check his cell phone at the door.

  45. crabboil says: Apr 15, 2012 9:24 PM

    The tapes in their entirety. Not the edited versions. No one heard coach Williams tell his squad to play it clean because that last minute was left off the tape that was released to the public.

  46. wrathofgodzilla says: Apr 15, 2012 10:11 PM

    I know it’s easy to edit film to put yourself in a better light, but if you watch “Run Ricky Run” he seems like a pretty decent guy. Also he recorded a documentary for Gleason’s son. He can’t be the devil is all I’m saying.

  47. bountyboyzz504 says: Apr 15, 2012 10:15 PM

    always great to see bitter viqueen losers crying on here. you ringless wonders will forever be OWNED HAHAHAHAHA 2009 SUPERBOWL CHAMPS,

  48. johntonioholmes says: Apr 15, 2012 10:16 PM

    The NFL wants the tapes so they they can be destroyed and swept under the rug a la spygate.

    Stalin would be proud.

  49. daknight93 says: Apr 15, 2012 10:17 PM

    really low for goodell to ask for those tapes…he has 50K pages of emails as evidence, steve gleason didn’t authorize release of those tapes if there was a contract agreement between the 2..why does goodell feel he should have access to those recordings? Goodell sucks!

  50. vilelabyrinth says: Apr 15, 2012 10:20 PM

    Drew Brees still awaiting his explanation..what is Brees going to say when his teammates start getting suspended/fined?! Brees is starting to look like a real jerk throughout this process.

  51. mjkelly77 says: Apr 15, 2012 10:53 PM

    sitbackandwatch says:Apr 15, 2012 9:02 PM

    He released the first recording against Steve Gleason’s wishes and possibly a contractual agreement. Now the NFL is asking him to violate same agreement. Pretty low Goodell.
    ______________

    Hey, sit back and watch the world pass you by …
    How can a search for the truth be low? I guess you’re one of those that gets confused when there is too much data to analyze.

  52. christhefish says: Apr 15, 2012 11:32 PM

    ivibaileyivi says:
    Apr 15, 2012 8:59 PM
    Who dat nation. You a cheating, dirt ball nation!!

    ****2009 Super Bowl New Orleans Aints****

    Come on Pamphilon release more tapes on slime ball nation and sink them further into the gulf.

    ——

    Vikes fan I guess.

    ==========
    TRUTH & JUSTICE fan is my guess.

  53. christhefish says: Apr 15, 2012 11:34 PM

    The NFL wants the tapes so they they can be destroyed and swept under the rug a la spygate.

    —–

    … sadly, was thinking the same myself…

  54. jluns275 says: Apr 15, 2012 11:34 PM

    Gregg Williams & Jeff Fisher were both defensive assistants on Buddy Ryan’s Eagles teams. My guess is Fisher’s name is being kept out of this so they don’t have to justify NOT investigating all of the teams Ryan or his disciples coached for. That’s a lot of teams including the ’85 Bears & the ’00 Ravens-two sacred cows of ‘defensive excellence’. As content as I am to joyfully watch the Saints twist in the wind & struggle under the awful weight of that huge * , I’m also beginning to think the NFL is sorry they couldn’t also give the Saints a pass on it. Probably just too many people had seen or heard too much. This is the information age, after all.
    Also, Drew Brees is STILL waiting for an explanation people!

  55. RoseTintedVisor says: Apr 16, 2012 12:25 AM

    I swear I read an article on here saying the NFL said it had all these tapes already.
    Whoops. Guess not.

    Sean should file another appeal, right?

    Williams should just move into a cave at this point.

  56. cliffordc05 says: Apr 16, 2012 1:15 AM

    This clown is taking advantage of an opportunity that presented itself when he decided to take action against the wishes of Gleason. Pamphilon had access only because of Gleason. It seems clear that he is interjecting himself into this situation for personal gain, either financial or public notoriety. He is a scumbag.

  57. toolkien says: Apr 16, 2012 9:51 AM

    How can you give out punishments, and still be in the process of collecting evidence? Talk about a dictatorship
    —————————————-

    1) Yes, private entities are dictatorships. Did you just hatch from an egg?

    2) Is it a problem if a person is caught on tape committing a crime, and then some finger print data rolls in after?

    3) This data will go a long way in determining punishments FOR THE PLAYERS, which haven’t been handed out yet.

  58. CKL says: Apr 16, 2012 1:52 PM

    thespeaker08 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:58 PM

    I hope Pamphilon really has this tape.

    The fact that he hasn’t ALREADY turned it over makes me think it doesn’t exit, though.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Silver tweeted that he’s seen a part of the tape so unless he’s lying, it exists. I doubt he would lie about that.

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