Jerry Rice was caught red-handed—or in this case, Stickum-handed—in a bit of hypocrisy after Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio brought to light an interview in which the Hall of Fame wide receiver admitted to gaining an illegal advantage in certain games.
Speaking to ESPN’s Jim Trotter for a piece titled “The Evolution of Gloves” that aired on January 17, Rice said he used a banned substance to help him catch the football.
CBSSports.com’s John Breech posted a Vine of the incriminating evidence:
The NFL banned Stickum in 1981, so Rice’s usage would’ve been highly illegal during any point of his 20-year career, which began in 1985.
Rice took to Twitter early Saturday morning to apologize and offer a rationale for his decision to use the adhesive:
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