Cris Carter: If Jerry Rice used stickum, he cheated

Jerry Rice might want to get his PR team together before he says or tweets anything else because he seems to be digging himself into a deeper hole by the day. 

The Hall of Fame wide receiver, who played in the NFL from 1985-2004, admitted on Saturday that he used stickum during his playing career, which is a small problem because stickum and other adhesives have been banned by the NFL since 1981. 

Not only did Rice admit to using stickum though, he said it was OK that he used it because "All players did it!"

All players didn't do it though, at least if you believe Cris Carter.

Carter, who played from 1987-2002, sent out several tweets over the past few days indicating that he strongly disagreed with Rice's accusation that "All players" used stickum. 

Someone then asked Carter if he thought using stickum was cheating.

So yes, we now have one Hall of Fame receiver calling another Hall of Fame receiver a cheater.

If you're trying to figure out how the subject of stickum even came up, Rice can blame himself for that.

It all started in an interview with Jim Rome on Jan. 22 when Rice accused the Patriots of cheating during a conversation about Deflategate. 

"I'm going to be point blank, I feel like it's cheating," Rice said.

Rice didn't stop with the cheating comment either, he also added that if the Patriots end up winning the Super Bowl, which they did, their title should have an asterisk next to it.

"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," Rice said.

Ironically, Rice also added that he would never cheat, "I've always wanted to do things the right way," Rice said. "I didn't want to take any short cuts or anything like that.

Rice's comments didn't sit well with Patriots fans, who scoured the internet and found an incriminating video of Rice. In the video, which was published on ESPN.com on Jan. 17, Rice admitted that he used to put stickum on his gloves during his playing days.

"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 in the video.

We talked about Rice admitting he cheated back in the day on the latest Eye on Football Podcast below (subscribe here):

Rice smiled the entire time while he spoke and it probably would've been believable if he had said he was joking, but instead, he decided to admit everything in Saturday's tweet and throw everyone under the bus in the process -- except Carter, Carter does not get thrown under any buses. 

Cris Carter claims he never put stickum on his hands. (USATSI)
Cris Carter claims he never put stickum on his hands. (USATSI)
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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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