A high-ranking NFL source tells TMZ ... "No one at the league" saw the Ray Rice elevator video until TMZ Sports posted it Monday.
The Associated Press claims someone from law enforcement sent a DVD of the video to an NFL exec in April ... months before Roger Goodell handed down the 2-game suspension.
Up to now ... the NFL has hedged, saying to their knowledge no one in the organization got the tape. But now an NFL source tells us in no uncertain terms ... no one at the league got it. And the source goes on to define the league as 3 things -- NFL headquarters, NFL Films in New Jersey and the NFL Network in L.A.
The source goes on to say the NFL headquarters has around 475 employees at its NYC headquarters, and "no one at these 3 offices saw it."
TMZ Sports is NOT vouching for the NFL's position. We're merely telling you what they're saying.
He's DEAD WRONG
Casino NOT Prohibited from Turning Over Video
9/10/2014 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Roger Goodell made a very bad assumption when he chose not to contact the casino to request a copy of the Ray Rice elevator video -- because law enforcement tells TMZ Sports ... that would have been perfectly legal.
Goodell said Tuesday he did not contact the Revel Casino because it was his understanding "the casino is prohibited from turning over material to a third party during a law enforcement proceeding" -- namely the criminal case against Rice.
But Paul Loriquet, the Director of Communications for the New Jersey Attorney General, tells TMZ bluntly, "No, it's not illegal."
To be clear ... our question was very specific: "Is it illegal for the casino to show or provide this material to a private entity in an ongoing investigation." His answer, "No, it's not illegal."
Mind you ... the NFL has some of the best lawyers in the country. It's inconceivable they didn't do basic legal research to either validate or invalidate Goodell's assumptions.
TMZ broke the story ... Goodell NEVER even bothered to ask the casino for the video -- something he's now acknowledged.
Music Mogul Clive Davis
Named 'Other Man'
In Adultery Divorce
9/10/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Clive Davis -- the music exec responsible for the careers of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and many others -- has been dragged into a bitter divorce, accused by the husband of banging his fashion mogul wife.
Rosanna Krekel -- the VP of luxury magazine Robb Report -- filed for divorce from hubby Tig. She wants Tig -- a very rich businessman -- to pay her spousal support.
The divorce was filed in South Carolina, where there's a law prohibiting a spouse from getting alimony when they commit adultery.
Tig just filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he claims that's exactly what his wife did, and she did it with Clive.
The docs list several rendezvous:
-- April, 2014 She went to Clive's vacation home in Palm Springs, where the pair was chauffeured in limos and went to galas and hair salons.
-- May, 2014 She went to a VIP red carpet event at MOMA in NYC and was escorted by Clive
-- June, 2014 Clive invited her to a black tie event for the Songwriters Hall of Fame
-- June and July, 2014 The pair went on Clive's $20 million luxury yacht, named "One More Toy" on the French and Italian Riviera. They were together for 2 weeks.
Short Story ... Tig thinks they were banging. BTW ... Rosanna said in an interview Clive gave her away by walking her down the aisle in 2008.
Tig has subpoenaed Clive's records to prove a liaison but he's refused to comply, so now Tig wants Clive held in contempt.
Clive wrote in his memoir he's bisexual.
We reached out to Clive ... so far, no word back.
Ray Rice Case
Report: An NFL Executive
Got the Punch Video in April
9/10/2014 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An NFL executive got the video of Ray Rice punching Janay way back in April -- and the exec got it from someone in law enforcement ... according to a new report.
The Associated Press is saying a source claims he sent a copy of the video -- first posted by TMZ Sports on Monday -- to the NFL exec, and even got a voicemail from a NFL offices phone number confirming receipt of the video on April 9.
The AP says the source actually played the 12-second VM for them -- and a female voice is heard saying thanks for sending the video and described it as "terrible."
Here's what's curious -- why would the law enforcement official, who admits he was not authorized to share the video, leave his phone number with someone in the NFL ... therefore allowing the leak to be traced back to him?
The NFL is sticking to its story, telling TMZ ... "We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public. We will look into it."
AWOL from Prison
Goes NUTS on Phaedra
9/10/2014 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida is not a prisoner, so now he's a wanted man ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ reported Wednesday AM ... Nida was on his way to report for his 8-year prison sentence for money laundering and check fraud.
But apparently he got cold feet ... because we're told he pulled up to the home of his wife, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks and went nuts because Phaedra refused to put money in his prison account while he was locked up. She also refused to bring their kids to prison to visit him and that caused him to lose it.
We're told Nida forced his way inside and started screaming at Phaedra, "What the f*** is the matter with you," adding, "I don't give a f*** about the police, call them, I dare you."
An eyewitness tells TMZ ... he was demanding property and went inside the master bedroom and starting putting stuff in a big bag.
Fortunately for Bravo ... we're told RHOA cameras were rolling and got the whole thing.
Nida was supposed to report to authorities by noon but didn't, and we're told an arrest warrant is about to be issued.
Now a Prisoner
Leaves Pissed Off Wife Behind
9/10/2014 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida is on his way to prison right now -- at the time this story was posted -- but we've learned he went out with a nightclub bang that has royally pissed off his wife.
Phaedra Parks is telling friends Apollo has essentially abandoned his family for the last 2 months ... choosing drinking and strip clubs over his wife and 2 kids.
She says over the last week things got so bad and so tense she feared physical abuse ... although nothing happened. The 2 haven't even spoken in a week.
Apollo now begins his 8 year prison sentence for cashing stolen checks and laundering more than 2 million dollars.
We spoke to Apollo ... who had no comment ... but we're told he's pissed off at her for various reasons, including the fact that she didn't show up for his court hearings and she's been on a book tour during the last few months ... rather than comforting him.
A rep for Phaedra tells us the situation has put a "tremendous strain" on her family ... and she's working hard to bring back a sense of normalcy to everyone's lives.
In Broadway Meltdown Case
9/10/2014 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf just admitted guilt in is disorderly conduct case ... when he went crazy inside a NYC nightclub.
Shia pled guilty to disorderly conduct. The judge ordered him to complete 6 months of outpatient alcohol rehab -- he's already completed 3 months.
The judge also said he has to obey all laws for the next 6 months.
If Shia's a good boy and does what he's supposed to ... the case will be erased from his record.
You'll recall ... Shia was booted from Studio 54 in June after drunkenly confronting people during a performance of "Cabaret," then getting into it with cops outside the club ... allegedly spitting at cops and screaming, "Do you know who the f*** I am?"
Threatens Porn Star
I'm So Rich I'll Destroy You!
9/10/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears' people are trying to bully the woman with whom her boyfriend cheated ... by threatening she's so rich and powerful she'll destroy the woman if she blabs.
It's pretty shocking ... Britney's legal team sent a nasty letter to Cali Lee ... warning her that Brit's former BF David Lucado signed a confidentiality agreement with Britney, and anything he told Cali during their affair must be kept secret.
Here's the thing ... it's BS. Cali is NOT bound by some confidentiality agreement David signed. Period. And Cali's lawyer has told his client she can say what she wants.
In the letter, obtained by TMZ, the lawyer writes, "Rest assured that our client has the resources and the resolve to pursue this matter no matter what the financial cost or outlay in time."
Translation ... her lawyers are gonna get rich off of this.
Conrad Hilton Crash
He's Doing 200 MPH On the Shoulder
9/10/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Hilton was driving so out of control moments before he crashed his car near Palm Springs ... at least one alarmed driver was convinced he was going "about 200 miles an hour" ... according to 911 tapes obtained by TMZ.
As we reported ... Paris' youngest brother crashed after clipping the rear of 2 other vehicles, and had to be cut from the wreckage with the jaws of life. Somehow he walked away without major injury.
So many people called 911 after seeing Hilton fly by on the freeway -- sometimes on the shoulder -- the police dispatcher seemed to get annoyed at repeat callers ... and even challenges the 200 MPH report.
Cops say the accident is still under investigation.
We Pursued Elevator Video
... But Gave Up
9/9/2014 5:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says the team DID try to obtain the Ray Rice elevator video from the Revel Hotel & Casino ... but were initially shot down ... and simply gave up.
Bisciotti just penned a letter to fans ... saying, "You deserve an explanation" -- and spells out how the team handled the Rice situation from the start.
In his letter, Bisciotti says ... "We contacted the casino management and asked if there was video of the incident from inside the elevator that we could see. The casino would not share such video."
He claims the Ravens then contacted police and prosecutors -- but were shut down then, too.
But Bisciotti says the team's hunt for the video officially ended in March -- when Ray was charged with aggravated assault.
"At this point, we decided to defer action until completion of the court proceedings. We stopped seeking to view or obtain a copy of the video. We halted our fact-finding."
Bisciotti admits ... "That was a mistake on our part."
The police had seen video from inside the elevator. The prosecutor and the judge, who had also seen such video, allowed Ray into the program that would eventually clear him of the assault charge.
The Ravens owner says the team did not see the footage from inside the elevator until Sept. 8th -- when TMZ Sports posted it -- and team honchos made a quick decision to fire Rice.
"Seeing that video changed everything. We should have seen it earlier. We should have pursued our own investigation more vigorously. We didn’t and we were wrong."
Bisciotti concludes his letter ... "I am sorry we let you down."
'I Love You Kris' (VIDEO)
9/9/2014 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is the woman who was targeted by the FBI ... for allegedly making death threats against Kris Jenner and her family.
The woman -- Christina Bankston -- was at the Four Seasons hotel in Bev Hills Friday when FBI agents armed with a search warrant broke into her room and confiscated her computer, an iPad and other electronics.
Our sources say Bankston -- who lives in the San Francisco area -- is the woman who was calling Kris up to 300 times a day. She would also call the media, including TMZ, posing as Kris.
The video was taken on a roller coaster at Disneyland last week. You hear Bankston say repeatedly how much she loves Kris.
Several members of Bankston's family tell us her obsession with Kris began a few months back. She took the trip down to L.A. to meet Kris.
Ex-NFL Star Marion Barber
FLASHED LOADED GUN IN CHURCH
... Cops Say
9/9/2014 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL running back Marion Barber brought a LOADED HANDGUN into a church and flashed it to churchgoers ... this according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
We broke the story ... 31-year-old Barber was arrested on June 15th and held for mental evaluation after an incident at a church near is home in Mansfield, TX.
According to the police report, cops were first called to the scene after the former Dallas Cowboys star entered a church with a loaded 9mm handgun -- and 3 magazines ... containing 51 hollow-point bullets.
When cops got to the church, officers say Barber seemed disoriented -- and one cop says "He heard Barber state he did not know what year it was or where he was at."
Cops spoke with a pastor at the church who told them ... Barber had been speaking erratically inside the church and "removed his jacket showing the congregants his firearm in public."
According to the report, a doctor from the Dallas Cowboys was en route to the scene -- unclear if he ever made contact with Barber.
Barber was eventually arrested around 8pm -- and was held for "mental detention and observation."
Neighbors tell us they haven't seen Barber near his home since he incident.
FBI Raids Hotel Room
Over Death Threats
9/9/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The FBI descended on the Four Seasons Hotel in Bev Hills ... on the hunt for a woman they believed was making death threats and harassing phone calls to Kris Jenner and her family.
FBI sources confirm ... agents obtained a search warrant targeting a suspect -- a black female who drives a 2004 silver Toyota Corolla -- the woman they believe is behind the threats.
The agents seized a cell phone, laptop, iPad and iPod Touch when they rooted through the woman's hotel room Friday ... but she was not arrested.
TMZ broke several stories in the past ... about a woman who was incessantly calling Kris Jenner and making various threats. She sometimes called as many as 300 times a day, threatening to release a sex tape starring Kris and Bruce Jenner. She wanted money in exchange for the phantom tape.
We believe the same woman has called media outlets -- including TMZ -- posing as Kris Jenner.