Fiery 'He's Full of BS': TMZ's Levin Fires Back at Goodell Over Rice Video
TMZ founder Harvey Levin is not backing down on his accusation that the NFL turned a blind eye to a videotape showing former Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then-fiance in the face.
In an interview with CBS News, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hit back at Levin and TMZ, arguing the website is not a "credible source" and the league relies on law enforcement for evidence like this.
Goodell maintained that the league sought out the video from police, but could not obtain it.
Goodell has come under heavy criticism in recent days, with many arguing that the NFL could have obtained the video of the assault from an Atlantic City casino, since TMZ was able to do so.
Levin answered that Goodell is "just full of BS," telling Martha MacCallum this morning that the NFL never asked the Revel casino for the surveillance video.
"For him to suggest that the casino video isn't credible is ridiculous. Because where do you think the police got their video? They got it from the casino," Levin argued.
He then questioned why Goodell would indefinitely suspend Rice if he felt that the TMZ video from the casino was somehow not credible.
Levin then took on the argument that the NFL did not want to interfere in the police investigation. Levin pointed out that the case was closed on May 20 and it took another two months for Goodell to announce the two-game suspension.
"He is simply not telling the truth. ... For those two months, the case was closed. He still could have gone back to the casino and said, 'let me see this video.' He never did it. I think Roger Goodell had made his mind up about a two-game suspension and knew the video would get in the way of his decision, so he just didn't want to see it," said Levin, adding that Goodell could have also gone to Rice's attorney for the video.
"Why didn't he go and get what was right in front of him? That's what's fishy about this investigation," said Levin, who described Goodell as a "micro-manager" when it comes to investigating allegations of player misconduct.
Stay tuned for the interview clip.