On Friday, TMZ once again did what it does best after obtaining a video of Draymond Green demolishing Jordan Poole during a Warriors practice earlier this week, which subsequently (and expectedly) sparked a number of different firestorms after the world got its first look at what went down.
One of the major topics of conversation was exactly how the outlet had managed to get its hands on the footage in the first place.
After the clip surfaced, plenty of people understandably speculated it was an inside job perpetrated by someone inside the Warriors organization, with notable names including Richard Jefferson and David West calling for whoever was behind the leak to be fired.
Id fire my ENTIRE VIDEO STAFF pic.twitter.com/4D9ucA0BEU
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) October 7, 2022
Fire whoever leaked that video. Got a whole bunch of mofos who can't be trusted. Everybody wrong. As soon as Dray start walking somebody supposed to get in front of him..looks like the video guys and support staff got more heart than some of then chumps on the sideline
— David West (@D_West30) October 7, 2022
John Hollinger of The Athletic also noted the video will likely serve as a wakeup call for teams across the league, who will likely be forced to take steps and enact new policies to prevent falling victim to a similar situation.
That noise you just heard? That was every team that has automatic practice court cameras in their facility sending out an alert for an urgent mandatory staff meeting.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) October 7, 2022
Of course, there was also one big question that was on the minds of plenty of people: how much did TMZ pay to obtain the video in question? Well, we may have an answer.
A former TMZ employee estimated the outlet paid between $50,000 and $100,000 for the video of Draymond Green punching Jordan Poole
On Friday morning, former TMZ host Van Lathan Jr. (who, interestingly enough, was reportedly fired after getting into it with a co-worker in 2019) pulled back the curtain a bit to shed some light on the financials of the deal that likely led to someone with access to Golden State’s facilities handing the clip over to the website.
While there’s no way to know the exact details, Lathan estimated TMZ paid between $50,000 and 100,000 for a video he said was probably worth upwards of $150,000 based on his knowledge of how the company operates.
I’d guess between 50-100k. If the seller was smart it would be 100. If it’s some dumb idiot they got talked into 50. It’s easily worth 150. Not sure what the finances over there are looking like rn tho. https://t.co/bXQQSoGOGU
— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) October 7, 2022
Must be nice.