TMZ chief Harvey Levin: We have proof NFL ‘turned a blind eye’ to Ray Rice
TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin promised on Monday that his site would produce proof that the National Football League was aware of the security footage of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee out and chose not to take action.
“The NFL knew that this surveillance video existed,” Levin told WTTG-TV. “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, I believe.”
Levin promised to publish his evidence on Tuesday, while acknowledging that TMZ had received “conflicting stories” regarding the league’s alleged knowledge regarding the footage. League officials have said they had not seen the video.
“We have some people saying [the league] saw this,” Levin said. “But I now believe they actually turned a blind eye to it, and it’s a shameful story.”
Rice was cut from the team on Monday and “suspended indefinitely” from the league after Levin’s website posted footage of Rice punching Janay Palmer inside a New Jersey casino elevator this past February.
At the time of his firing, Rice was serving a two-week suspension. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a press conference Monday evening that the video had not been “made available” to the team prior to being published online.
“He would be playing if we didn’t get this video,” Levin said. “The fact is, is that authorities had this video. He ended up getting a slap in the wrist in terms of a criminal case and virtually nothing until the video came out in terms of the NFL. The only reason all of this happened today is they were backed into a corner because we put the video up on the website.”
Watch Levin’s interview with WTTG, as aired on Monday, below.