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September 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Celebrity gossip website TMZ secured its position as a top news-breaking organization on Monday after the Baltimore Ravens fired Ray Rice and the NFL handed him an indefinite suspension. The action came after TMZ released a video showing Rice punching his then-fiancée (now his wife) in a hotel elevator. Rice had initially been given a two-game suspension by the league. But Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said on Monday, "You know, it’s something we saw for the first time today, all of us, and it changed things." Earlier this year, TMZ had aired the notorious video showing Donald Sterling spouting racist comments, and its reporting also brought down Mel Gibson and Tiger Woods. Commented columnist Dylan Byers in the much-respected "Seedy as it feels to read it, TMZ is a triumph of a news organization."