The ESPN piece was posted Jan. 17. Rice later tried to justify his use of the banned adhesive by posting on Twitter that "All players did it!"
"I had stickum on my glove," said Rice, after the San Francisco 49ers' 35-10 win on Nov. 28, 1993. "That's a joke -- stickum is illegal."
Rice clearly knew more than two decades ago stickum was illegal. That appears to contradict a post he made to Twitter on Feb. 7 in which he apologizes for not realizing stickum was banned before his career started: "I apologize ppl after doing my research about stickum! The NFL banned this in 1981..."