TMZ isn’t finished with the Ray Rice story.
Harvey Levin, the website’s founder, says it will post material Tuesday morning that will, at a minimum, prove that the NFL was willfully ignorant of the surveillance video TMZ published Monday morning. That video, which showed the Baltimore Ravens’ running back knocking out his then-fiancee in February in an Atlantic City casino elevator, led to the Ravens’ decision to cut him and the NFL’s decision to suspend him indefinitely.
“When you wake up [Tuesday] and go to our web site, you will see what the NFL didn’t do,” Levin said in a Fox DC interview. “I have gotten conflicting stories on this, and we have some people saying [the league] saw this, but I now believe they actually turned a blind eye to it, and it’s a shameful story. The NFL knew this surveillance video existed. They knew that this casino had surveillance video. I know they knew that, and we will explain later why we know they knew that, but they did — and they didn’t do anything to look at this video.”
What the NFL knew and when has been an issue as the story developed. The league, in a statement, said it had not seen the surveillance video until Monday. Video of Rice published shortly after the incident showed only the running back carrying his now-wife from the elevator.
“It almost feels like the NFL didn’t want to know,” he said. “The only reason all of this has happened today is that the NFL was backed into a corner because we put this video up.”