TMZ paid $100,000 for Ray Rice elevator video

Just when we thought the drama of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s domestic violence case was over, another twist has emerged.

Per a report from Nicholas Schmidle of The New Yorker, infamous celebrity gossip site TMZ paid $100,000 for the elevator video in which Rice was seen striking his then-fiancé and now wife, Janay Palmer. The video ended Rice’s NFL career as the Ravens terminated his contract shortly after and he has not landed a new contract since.

Schmidle’s report states that a security officer at the Atlantic City casino where the incident took place recorded the video footage with his cell phone and then called TMZ’s tip-line, initially charging $15,000 for the footage of Rice simply dragging Palmer out of the elevator. The latter video allegedly cost $90,000, a number that TMZ called “overblown.”

But the real importance of this is that it shows just how much the NFL dropped the ball during its investigation, after which Rice was suspended a mere two games. The fact that the league clearly couldn’t get access to both videos from the get-go, or probably didn’t even bother to, is just plain disturbing.

Fortunately, Commissioner Roger Goodell appears to have learned from his mistakes with Rice’s case as the league’s domestic violence policy is now in place. Just the same, this doesn’t look good for the NFL under any circumstances.

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