What in the world was Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice thinking?
Disclaimer: the title of course isn’t an actual quote from Rice, but isn’t it basically what he’s saying…
Just days before calling the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl titles tainted based on inaccurate ‘Deflategate’ stories, Rice was telling the world on camera about his past use of illegal ‘Stickum.’
Here we have Jerry in an ESPN video segment on Jan. 17th:
“I know this might be a little illegal, guys, I just put a little spray, a little Stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky,” Rice says (thank you to ProFootballTalk.com for bringing this little hyposcrisy to the forefront).
The aforementioned substance, Stickum and other similar adhesives were banned by the NFL in 1981. Rice played from 1985 to 2004, which makes Rice’s use of it not “a little illegal,” but very much ILLEGAL.
“I’m going to be point blank, I feel like it’s cheating,” Rice said in an interview with Jim Rome about #Delflategate a mere 5 days after his Stickum admission. “Because you have an edge up on your opponent and its unfortunate that it happened…. I’ve played in cold weather, I know how hard the football is and you can grip the leather just a little bit better [if it’s deflated].”
“I think you have to really put an asterisk on it, because this is going to follow them, you know, for the rest of their lives, because when you look at it, when people go back and they think about the New England Patriots, they’re going to think about these controversies,” he said.
So who needs the asterisk – Tom Brady and the Patriots or Mr. Rice? Sounds like he might have more than a few sour grapes about Brady helping Randy Moss break his TD record in 2007.
UPDATE: Rice took to Twitter on Saturday to offer up an excuse for all the cheating during his career, but tried to make it seem like everyone else was doing it too; you know the old ‘if everyone’s cheating, than no one’s cheating’ argument…
I apologize ppl after doing my research about stickum! The NFL banned this in 1981. All players did it! #equalplayingfield
— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) February 7, 2015