NEW YORK — Sony Pictures insists that the forthcoming Will Smith film "Concussion" was not "softened" to placate the NFL.
Emails leaked by last year's hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed executives, lawyers and filmmakers making edits to the film after wrestling with whether "Concussion" would antagonize the NFL.
After a comprehensive review of those emails, The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Sony blunted parts of the film to avoid upsetting the NFL. Smith plays the forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who uncovered the fatal effects of repeated head trauma suffered by many NFL players.
But in a statement Wednesday, Sony...