Report: TMZ paid over $100,000 for the Ray Rice elevator video

AP

The NFL paid Roger Goodell $44 million in 2014.

TMZ reportedly paid 0.2 percent of that to put their hands on the video that Goodell could not.

According to an investigation into the celebrity gossip site by Nicholas Schmidle of the New Yorker, TMZ paid $100,000 for the video of then-Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator and a previous video of the two of them.

The second video would get Rice released and bring scorn upon Goodell and his office, since they hadn’t been able to put their hands on the video themselves (among other reasons).

According to the story, a surveillance officer who was monitoring the video footage at the casino recorded the infamous incident on his cell phone, and then called TMZ. He left a message on their tip line.

Four days after the February 2014 incident, they posted a clip of Rice dragging Palmer’s body out of the elevator (from which one with curiosity might have surmised something happened in there). That one reportedly cost them $15,000.

The next one, which dropped on Sept. 9, showed Rice punching Palmer in the face, the video that launched a thousand ships. That one reportedly cost them nearly $90,000, though TMZ referred to the numbers as “overblown.”

Whatever it cost, it was worth it to TMZ in publicity, and is a fraction of what the league has spent since then on investigators and investigations, after one of their biggest public relations disasters in the league’s history.

75 responses to “Report: TMZ paid over $100,000 for the Ray Rice elevator video

  1. Money well spent on their part. I’m surprised though if the guy who recorded the video wasn’t found out and sued.

  2. Goodell is the most corrupt, inept and biased individual to ever serve as commissioner of any league.

    The mere mention of his name make my stomach turn.

    #GoodellMustGo!

  3. Nothing says “look at me!” like selling videos of domestic violence. Police should press charges against him for not sending the videos to law enforcement.

  4. Wasn’t the video also mailed to the NFL offices before they went public? Fraudger loves to hire “independent” investigators to protect the integrity of the league. I think it’s time show some real integrity and call for an independent investigation of the league office.

  5. Wow.

    As websites like TMZ rarely do anything to help anyone, I usually pretend they don’t exist. But in this case, the NFL and Ray Rice got what they deserved. Well, at least a fraction of what they deserved.

    Well done TMZ. (can’t believe I just typed that)

  6. I don’t believe for a MOMENT that Goodell or one of his minions didn’t see the full video.

    I wish someone would investigate who signed for the package containing the video, particularly since there was a purported conversation confirming receipt of it & comments about how graphic it was.

    Goodell does have a history of destroying evidence.

  7. I don’t see what Goodells salary has to do with this story..?

    I also don’t know of any organization that would pay $100K for a video of their employee. If the NFL wanted to hide it they could have bought it and hid it but they didn’t.

  8. Still can’t believe Goodell only gave this guy 2 games, he knew exactly what happened in that elevator. I’m not defending Burfict at all but he got a longer suspension for knocking out a player during a game than Rice got for knocking his fiance out. The NFL didn’t care at all about domestic violence and still wouldn’t care if the video had never been released.

  9. Goodell never needed the tape

    The police report that Goodell and all of us read contained Rice’s admission he assaulted his wife

    This is why U.S. District court Judge Barbara Jones stated she felt Goodell was not being truthful when he stated “he didn’t know” Rice hit his wife when he imposed a 2 game suspension for this disgusting crime.

    The real question for all the NFL owners is why they feel a Commissioner, shown to have engaged in perjury (at least twice now given his role in FrameGate) has “unquestioned integrity” when two U.S. District Court Judges openly question it.

    Under Article VIII of the the OWNERS own rules, only “a person of unquestioned integrity shall serve as Commissioner”

    Why do the owners expect players to follow the NFL’s rules when neither the Owners, nor their Commissioner will follow them?

  10. You clearly said the man then called TMZ. So how is the NFL suppose to know about it before the video was released by TMZ? Amateur article and clearly a amateur writer.

  11. That’s like saying I have a million dollars I’m giving away to the first person who calls me but yet I only tell one person about it, how is the rest of the population suppose to have any idea?

  12. Roger had one mailed to him for free and claimed he didn’t view it. 3 federal judges have called this guy a liar, many players have called him a liar, the nflpa called him a liar, even bob Kraft and the owner of the lions called him a liar but it’s the integrity of the game that counts according to the emporer with no clothes.

  13. But I thought that Mr Goodell said they were not given the opportunity to view the second video. I also recall that he said they did not need to see it in order to realize how horrifying the incident was. Please put this all in sarcasm font.

  14. We, and Judge Barbara Jones, all knew Goodell was lying when he said he didn’t know Ray Rice assaulted his wife after the video of Rice dragging her lifeless body off the elevator emerged

    The police report also stated Rice’s admission of this

    When a Commssioner and the owners of a sport are this corrupt, there is no fairness in the sport

    The Owners own rules state that the Commissioner “shall be a person of unquestioned integrity”

    With two US District Court Judges questioning Goodell’s integrity we as football fans should insist that every owner be compelled to state whether THEY think Goodell has “unquestioned integrity” – and if not, they need to follow their own rules that they wrote and get someone in there who DOES have integrity.

    If the owners won’t follow their own rules why should the players or the fans do so?

  15. We still don’t know what the truth is on this. What is known is that Goodell never turned over his personal cell phone for the investigation. He then did what he had to do to get the public off his back and frame the Patriot’s. Wells didn’t want a phone but phone records then everybody applauds Goodell because Brady brought to his appeal the phone records Wells wanted but now Goodell wants his phone. The many hypocrites out there took Rogers bait hook, line and sinker.

    The Ray Rice scandal was the best hope to get rid of the bum but people cared more about believing his lies against the Patriot’s instead of focusing on getting rid of Goodell once and for all. There is no commissioner that cares less about the fans than Goodell and you let him off the hook because of petty jealousy and lack of scientific knowledge, I am still waiting for a hypocrite to tell me how the Colts footballs got below the legal PSI. If you supported Roger in his framejob and ignored his numerous lies, don’t ever complain about Goodell when he comes and screws your team next or implements yet another rule change to make the game even worse. He suckered you with his misdirection and you fell for it!

  16. There’s a reason that the seller of the video was a security guard and not a paid negotiator. Rice and/or the Ravens/NFL would have offered way more than that to keep it from ever seeing the light of day. It’s actually good for the world that the security guard wasn’t a good negotiator.

  17. The most despicable thing you can do to the victim of domestic abuse other than continued abuse is make them state in public that they’re the ones at fault.

    Which is exactly what the Ravens and Goodell made her do.

    Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League, where they hide domestic abuse and don’t when it happens except how it effects the bottom line

    Goodell is a liar and VILE

    Goodell and his cronies must go

  18. That sound you heard was Goddell trying to sweep it under the rug.

    Every other case after this needed to be brought the hammer, warranted or not because of how poorly this was handled

  19. Their reluctance to spend that money shows they really didn’t care and didn’t want to know. If anyone doubts that just look at what they are willing to spent chasing Tom Brady. $5 mil for the Wells report (a lot of that was hush money to keep quiet about their subsequent editing) is fifty times that amount. And with legal fees the last accounting I heard was 15 million. All to make a case over ball pressure that wasn’t even there. But evidence of a player hitting women is rates only slightly higher than evidence of concussions.

  20. You guys are missing the point! That inept robot in the monkey suit was so oblivious that this could damage the league’s credibility that he refused to participate in the auction. He’s lost and in way over his head in this job!!

  21. As another commenter reminds us, Goodell refused to give his phone to the Ray Rice investigators

    The question of what Goodell knows and when he knew it is most relevant

    Who did Goodell talk to? What texts were sent!?

    And are most NFL fans too biased or stupid not to realize that the same thing they cite as “proof” of Brady’s guilt – his unwillingness to give the same people seeking to frame him with false “11 of 12” reports and illegally leaked I for ALL the personal info in his cellphone – is the same thing Goodell was and is doing now?

    The owners should force Goodell to release his cell phone… though I’ll bet he’s since “destroyed it”

  22. “Why do people keep saying I got suspended for 2 games when I don’t even have a job now? Same people saying Brady was suspended for 4 games and got none. Even Peterson, Rothlisberger, and Hardy still have a job. I get kicked out of the league for smacking the wife one time for spitting on me in public and now I’m hearing about how Manning was tea bagging women 20 years ago and he just won a SB. I’m sure the league didn’t know about that.” – Ray Rice (rolls eyes)

  23. Can Goodell getting fired “for cause” and then him suing them back be the next Deflategate?

    It’ll keep the NFL in the news and the enmity between the two will be a way better watch than that awful Super Bowl.

  24. thrstr says: so Goodell is the bad guy because he didn’t get in bed with TMZ?
    ====================================

    No. Goodell is the bad guy for protecting Domestic Abusers and empowering them to attempt to kill again

    Goodell is the bad guy for refusing to comply with former FBI Director Mueller’s demand that Goodell give up his cell phone to determine what Goodell knew and when he knew it

    Goodell is the bad guy for assuming most NFL fans are stupid and won’t notice that the “smoking gun” he cited in Brady’s guilt is EXACTLY the same thing Goodell did when the former FBI director demanded GOODELL’S cell phone

    (OK – on that last one, Goodell was right – most NFL fans ARE too stupid not to notice that – at least most of the commenters here seem to prove that)

  25. Que in Fan Boys Army. 3, 2, 1……Goodell was the real assailant who repeatedly struck the chick! The actually video was staged to cover up Roger’s criminal acts.

  26. jjb0811 says:
    Feb 15, 2016 7:36 AM
    Nothing says “look at me!” like selling videos of domestic violence. Police should press charges against him for not sending the videos to law enforcement.
    _____
    If this security guard is an NFL fan, he knew that simply turning the video over to the league would result in nothing happening, and that’s pretty much what happened. Instead, he got the video in the hands of someone who would make sure the public saw it, and made a nice chunk of change in the process. I think it was very shrewd of the security guard.

  27. orivar says:
    Feb 15, 2016 7:24 AM

    Hopebit was worth whoever’s job

    …………

    The casino where it happened went out of business later that year, so I would say it was a great investment by that security guard!

  28. Goodell is the most morally corrupt an individual as one would find in all of sport. He lies (too many times to list)… he intimidates (strong arming the team doing concussion research) …he has no sense of fairness. It would not surprise me if at some point the NFL is investigated as a criminal enterprise.

  29. Yeah..
    I never heard anything about what may have happened to the security dude who took video of the surveillance camera footage with his cell phone and sent it to TMZ.

    I would think that is a fire-able offense.

    And despite all the Goodell bashing here, do you really think you want some stupid rent-a-cop yahoo out for holding sports leagues hostage for $$ to send them video?

    I don’t give a da** what the “STORY” is, I’m sure how it went down was:
    Security clown calls NFL – says “I have the video, will sell it to you for 100K. Goodell says “No, we don’t negotiate with losers”
    He turns to TMZ, they say “Yay! Sure, give it to us so we can pretend we are a legit news organization”

  30. thrstr says:
    Feb 15, 2016 8:13 AM

    so Goodell is the bad guy because he didn’t get in bed with TMZ?
    ——————–

    Nope. Goodell is the bad guy because he is a liar.

    The Federal judge in this case even called Goodell a liar.

  31. Goodell goes into court after a 10 million dollar investment to trail a witch hunt he created.

    This man is not only mentally ill, he’s corrupt.

    Arrest Goodell.

    Try him for collusion, sabotage and fraud.

    Convict Goodell and his Park Ave cronies.

  32. “There’s a reason that the seller of the video was a security guard and not a paid negotiator. Rice and/or the Ravens/NFL would have offered way more than that to keep it from ever seeing the light of day. It’s actually good for the world that the security guard wasn’t a good negotiator.”

    Gotta be careful when selling that to an individual, it can be considered extortion. T.M.Z. doesn’t have to reveal the source. Since it was most likely the recording of a recording and not the security guards property he could also be arrested for theft. So he made the right decision selling it to the media instead.

  33. Does anyone really think the NFL didn’t get the video? The tape is in the same vault as Hernandez’s gun and fellow Raven and Ray (Lewis’) white suit.

  34. sorry but tmz should go to jail for this. once rice and his wife step in the elvator and the door closes its PRIVATE PROPERTY. sorry but i dont want big brother spying on what goes on btw me and my spouse in the privacy of our home. they should be ashamed of themselfs!!!

  35. I don’t understand your point. If the NFL were able to buy th video, would they not have just covered up the whole thing and Rice would still be playing?

    It’s better that it turned out the way it did so it brought attention to how bad the domestic violence is in the NFL and how little the NFL were doing about it.

    Rice actually did what he did whether it was captured on video or not.

    Look at all the allegations against Suggs that we’re all settled without criminal charges. He’s a well respected player who aledgedly held bleach over a woman’s head among other horrible things.

    The league wasn’t going to do anything about this issue and it was exposed finally.

  36. Big Secret:

    The reason why Goodell worked so hard to lie and collude with Baltimore (he colluded with Harbaugh in Deflategate’s lie as well), is because Rice’s cap hit was 9.5 mil in 2015.

    As you can see, Baltimore, a perennial Wild Card or playoff team in general, has given the Pats problems in the past.

    Without Rice and the cap hit if Rice was to be released under public pressure for what we saw on that tape, Baltimore would be in trouble in terms the quality of their 2015 team. Hmm.

    Goodell needs Jax in London by 2020, before his re-election, as it’s part of his “measurables”.

    Jax ALSO plays in the AFC.

    Without parity, there is no way Goodell can sell an NFL team in London, because of investors’ obvious fears competing with the English Premier League, amongst everything else our society is distracted with in this day and age.

    Ever wonder why everyone feels an NFL team in London would fail terribly, but why the owners are so sold on it?? Yeah, well…..

    London is clearly a better financial market than Jacksonville, FL, but the demand for American football is not. The owners know the N. American market is now over-saturated and that Jax is the one last franchise now not getting any ROI whatsoever.

    Note how all these AFC teams cheat alongside Goodell. Denver, Indy, Baltimore, the Jets, etc, etc, etc.

    They all use Goodell to go after the Patriots because the Patriots represent a roadblock not only for their own selfish financial gains, but for everyone else’s, including Goodell’s.

    READ THAT AGAIN IF YOU NEED TO. Goodell gets a cut of what the owners get based on the CBA’s language, which is why his salary fluctuates. He could make 30 million one year or 44 million the next year, but it’s the CBA that dictates how the money is distributed out.

    But, when it comes time to punish those teams, there is no punishment or very little. Or, there is a complete cover up or in the Pats cases, complete misrepresentations to the public via ESPN to punish NE to try to keep or improve PARITY.

    Mike Tomlin of the Steelers acts unprofessional and it’s 100K for a fine.

    Belichick mocks Mangini in broad daylight in retalation of a stupid rule change wording in a memo (that’s actually not legal/rule changes need to be voted on) and it’s 750K in fines and a 1st rd pick?

    Goodell is colluding with these AFC teams, not named the Patriots, because he needs to keep parity. It’s that simple.

    NE will likely go to its SIXTH STRAIGHT AFC Title game next year, and possibly, the Super Bowl.

    Read that again if you need to. Read it good.

    THAT is why the witch hunts exist, why the facts are manipulated and framed out front, using ESPN to spread the lies, to garner public support against a society that is jealous/hates the Pats.

    It’s also why Goodell fought to have Baltimore keep Ray Rice.

    No sane educated adult would be arguing to help Ray Rice, especially considering Goodell’s track record with off field incidents, where he easily talks to law enforcement, judges, etc, and reviews the evidence, regardless of the legal outcome. See Roethlisberger as an example.

    Folks, you’ve been had/duped by the commissioner of a billion dollar business called the NFL.

    And now? It’s all to get Kahn’s Jags in London, one more team in the AFC, that the Patriots are blocking from accomplishing in doing.

    MONEY

    GREED

    EGO

    Arrest, try and convict Goodell.

  37. “So why didn’t the Ravens paid for the video? Weren’t they also interested?”

    Yes, interested in covering it up so they could keep Rice playing.

  38. “sorry but tmz should go to jail for this. once rice and his wife step in the elvator and the door closes its PRIVATE PROPERTY. sorry but i dont want big brother spying on what goes on btw me and my spouse in the privacy of our home. ”

    You are quite detached from the reality of the world as it is today. The eye in the sky is everywhere except our private homes.

    Being in an elevator is not the same as “the privacy of our home”.

    Furthermore Orwell was right in that big brother was coming, but wrong in that it was only the government. We all carry tv studios in our cell phones now. Far more often incriminating evidence comes from private citizens taking video. We are all big brother now.

    With the exception of when you are in your home or a private residence, there is almost always a camera on us from somewhere. Security cams, cell phone cams, parking lot cams, whatever. They’re everywhere.

  39. realtruthteller100 says:
    Feb 15, 2016 11:56 AM

    sorry but tmz should go to jail for this. once rice and his wife step in the elvator and the door closes its PRIVATE PROPERTY. sorry but i dont want big brother spying on what goes on btw me and my spouse in the privacy of our home. they should be ashamed of themselfs!!!
    ———————

    You and your spouse live in a public elevator?

    Don’t you get tired of the constant visitors?

    Private Property. Lol.

  40. “Why do people keep saying I got suspended for 2 games when I don’t even have a job now? Same people saying Brady was suspended for 4 games and got none. Even Peterson, Rothlisberger, and Hardy still have a job. I get kicked out of the league for smacking the wife one time for spitting on me in public and now I’m hearing about how Manning was tea bagging women 20 years ago and he just won a SB. I’m sure the league didn’t know about that.” – Ray Rice (rolls eyes)

    Admittedly, I am watching to see how the Josh Gordon thing goes. He, along with Justin Blackmon, have ended up with indefinite suspensions for transgressions much lighter.

  41. How do college educated people like Goodell and Troy Vincent not know air slowly leaks out of a tire or a ball, when we all learned about this in basic science classes in high school?

    How can our public be so stupid believing Roger Goodell at this point?

  42. Don’t forget- this happened at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, which is now closed. the security guard lost his job, and might have been desperate for money. This is why he took whatever he could get for the tape. Desperate men do desperate things.

  43. jjb0811 says:
    Feb 15, 2016 7:36 AM

    Nothing says “look at me!” like selling videos of domestic violence. Police should press charges against him for not sending the videos to law enforcement.
    **********************
    a) He’s not obligated to send them without a warrant or subpoena.
    b) The police had it.

  44. It was a small price to pay to show America what this man really is. It’s still going to take a lot more to separate him from the game.

  45. knowing it only sold for 100k and seeing what it did to Rice’s career.

    The next time a player is caught on video its going to sell for alot more.

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