In the wake of the recent #DeflateGate controversy, Pro Football Talk
has brought to light another example of cheating in the NFL. The NBC sports radio show exposed an ESPN video
in which Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice admitted to using the adhesive "stickum" on his gloves to improve his chances of catching the ball.
The three-time Super Bowl champ stated, “I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky."
The quote came from a video explaining the use of gloves in the NFL. The video was aired the day before the #DeflateGate controversy broke. The video points out that the very reason gloves were introduced into the NFL was to prevent the illegal adhesive players would spray on their hands.
The new focus on the video is particularly embarrassing for Rice considering his recent comments regarding #DeflateGate. Rice told broadcaster Jim Rome
that the details of #DeflateGate tarnished the reputation of the Patriots in his eyes.
Rice declared, "I’m going to be point blank, I feel like it’s cheating. Because you have an edge up on your opponent and its unfortunate that it happened. I’m not saying the outcome of the [AFC Championship] game would have been different or anything like that because they got beat 45-7, but they [The Patriots] still had an edge.”
While spraying his gloves, maybe Rice accidentally got some adhesive in his mouth as well. It could explain the great job he's done of getting his foot stuck in the there.
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