Report: TMZ paid over $100,000 for Ray Rice videos
TMZ paid more than $100,000 for two videos depicting former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino elevator, according to The New Yorker.
The New Yorker reports that a Revel casino surveillance officer recorded video of a security monitor on a cell phone and then notified TMZ.
TMZ posted the first video, which showed Rice dragging an unconscious Janay Palmer out of the elevator, four days after the incident occurred. The video of Rice actually hitting Palmer was released on Sept. 9.
According to the story, the videos cost TMZ $15,000 and $90,000, respectively.
The publication of the first video on TMZ drew a two–game suspension from the NFL. But after the second video was released, Rice was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely. The second video also raised questions about the NFL's handling of the incident.
Rice has not been offered a contract by another NFL team since the incident.