Report Says TMZ Paid $100,000 For Ray Rice Tapes That Shook The NFL
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
The video that captured Ray Rice attacking his then-fiance Janay Palmer (Janay Rice) in an Atlantic City casino back in February 2014 started a firestorm of controversy and outrage against the NFL in a way never seen in league history.
That video can been seen as the linchpin that forever changed the NFL’s culture and approach to dealing with domestic violence issues.
TMZ reportedly paid $100,000 for the two security camera videos that ended Ray Rice’s career and rattled the NFL to its core. Now, the NFL says it was not able to get the video, but TMZ did.
According to a former security supervisor at the Revel, nearly eighteen hundred cameras streamed video to a pair of monitoring rooms on the mezzanine floor. After guards responded to the incident in the lobby, several surveillance officers gathered and wondered aloud if a tape of Rice and Palmer could be sold to TMZ—the Web site that, since its inception, in 2005, has taken a merciless approach to celebrity news.
At around 4:30 a.m., one of the surveillance officers, sitting at a monitoring-room computer, reviewed footage from a camera that faced the elevator and, using a cell phone, surreptitiously recorded the screen. The officer then called TMZ.
The revealing of the tapes appeared to be especially strategic, whether it was for generating shock or coverage, by first releasing the video of Rice dragging Palmer’s limp body from the elevator in February and then followed it up with the video of him actually punching her knocking her unconscious in September.
TMZ reportedly paid $15,000 for the first tape and about $90,000 for the second video. The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell suffered a barrage of accusations that the NFL was not diligent in its investigation of Rice’s domestic violence incident and then insufficiently punished him in the face of public scrutiny.
What truly stands out is that we are living in a society where its getting near impossible to do anything in public and it not be caught on video. Plus there is a network of “watchers”, or unofficial journalists working as valets, hotel clerks, waiters and the like that are looking for a payday on anything salacious that they can video.
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