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TMZ reportedly paid $100K for Ray Rice videos

The videos of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice attacking his fiancee inside a casino elevator in 2014 cost TMZ more than $100,000, according to The New Yorker.

Rice knocked out his then-fiancee and now-wife Janay Palmer Rice during the altercation in an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino on Feb. 15, 2014.

TMZ posted the first video four days later that showed Rice dragging his fiancee out of the elevator. That footage cost the gossip site $15,000, according to The New Yorker.

A second video of Rice throwing a punch and knocking his fiancee unconscious was released in September 2014 and effectively ended Rice’s NFL career. The New Yorker reported TMZ paid nearly $90,000 for the second video, which hit the site on Sept. 8.

Within hours of the second video being released, Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the personal-conduct policy. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell originally suspended Rice for just two games after he pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault. Rice was later reinstated after an appeal.

The disgraced running back has been seeking another shot to play in the NFL, attempting to put his domestic violence incident behind him. Rice has repeatedly apologized for his “horrible mistake.”

After four straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Ravens, Rice rushed for just 660 yards in 2013, averaging 3.1 per carry. He said he played most of that season with a torn quadriceps.

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