Yet another bombshell has dropped in the aftermath of the now infamous Ray Rice incident.
The New Yorker is reporting that the gossip news outlet TMZ paid over $100,000 to get their hands on the footage of Ray Rice's elevator assault on his then-fiance Janay Palmer. According to the paper, TMZ received the footage from a security officer at the casino where the incident unfolded. The guard reportedly taped the footage on his cell phone and called the news agency's tip line. Four days later, video of Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator was posted for public consumption by TMZ. This video alone is reported to have cost them $15,000.
The second, and most poignant video which showed Rice punching Palmer in the face, cost TMZ about $90,000. This was the video that sparked outrage and resulted in the release of Rice from the Ravens after the video was released in September.
What's most infuriating about this is that a celebrity gossip news outlet was able to get this key footage before anyone in the league even knew about it. In fact, the league said they had still not even seen the full tape in late July, a full six months after the incident.
It's a real shame that the national institution that is the NFL was edged out by a tiny (in comparison) media group with little to no integrity. Unfortunately, the missteps by the league in the aftermath of all this just keep growing, with no end in sight.