Jerry Rice Cheated … So Are Charles Haley’s Rings Tainted?

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Hmm, so I guess two of Charles Haley’s Super Bowl rings are tainted?

Last week the newly minted Pro Football Hall of Famer said – in light of “Deflategate” – that the Super Bowls won by Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady are “tainted.”

Now comes an interview from Haley’s former 49ers’ teammate Jerry Rice, who admitted on Friday that he illegally – and knowingly – used stickum to his gloves in order to give him an advantage at doing what did better than any receiver in the history of the NFL: catch passes.

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Rice called his tactic a “little illegal” and, yeah, it was a common practice and surely just a sports misdemeanor; kinda like Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry using Vasoline on the mound.

But cheating is … cheating.

So did Rice’s bending of the rules help the 49ers, and Haley? I’d say so. The two won Super Bowls 23 and 24 together, with Rice in those two games catching a combined 18 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns.

I’m guessing Haley will sing a different tune since Rice’s admission of cheating pertains to his own Super Bowl rings. But, if we hold the former Cowboys’ defensive end to his own standard applied to Brady, sorry, then two of his titles were assisted by cheating and, therefore, tainted.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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