(CBS/AP) NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason says he never authorized a documentary film maker to release an inflammatory recording of disgraced former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Gleason, who has ALS, says he feels "deflated and disappointed" over the release of the audio, which film maker Sean Pamphilon got through access he gained through his work on a project to document the ex-player's struggle with his disease.
In a speech laced with profanities, Williams orders his defense to go after specific San Francisco players, including 49ers receiver Kyle Williams who had a previous concussion.
Gleason played for the Saints from 2000 to 2007 and maintains a strong relationship with the club, which has backed his efforts to improve the lives of those living with the debilitating symptoms of ALS.
Gleason says there was an agreement that he and his family would own the rights to any recordings made of his interaction with the Saints.
Here is an excerpt from Gleason's statement, via CBSSports.com reporter Larry Holder:
Despite my diagnosis in 2011, my wife, Michel, and I chose to have a child. Rivers Varisco Gleason, my son, was born on October 19, 2011. As soon as Michel became pregnant, I began creating a video journal library, documenting my thoughts on life to pass on to Rivers. It's an incredibly rewarding and productive activity.
In the spring of 2011, Sean Pamphilon approached me, and we agreed to collaborate to further document my family's journey. ...
Since my retirement, and specifically this year, the Saints have opened their doors and included me in countless team functions. I included Sean Pamphilon in some of these activities, because I felt my relationship with the Saints was an integral part of my overall journey. The Saints trusted me and gave us unlimited access in filming, and I, in turn, trusted Sean Pamphilon.
Sean Pamphilon and I have an agreement that all recordings ultimately belong to me and my family. Nothing can be released without my explicit approval. I did not authorize the public release of any recordings.
A multitude of feelings have passed through me. I feel deflated and disappointed. I feel frustrated and distracted. Nevertheless, these feelings will pass, and I will continue steadfast in my mission.
Finding a solution to a terminal disease with no known cure and inspiring ALS patients to thrive after diagnosis is my purpose and the purpose of Team Gleason. This presents epic challenges that need our intense focus. I believe that we can cure ALS.