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Jerry Rice Found at Massage Parlor

February 26, 1998 GMT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers star wide receiver Jerry Rice was found by police in a massage parlor with a history of prostitution, authorities said today.

Police were serving papers to shut down the MV Spa on Wednesday when Rice emerged from a bathroom. He and other customers were not detained.

``It was more civil than criminal _ the business was abated because they did not have a proper permit,″ said Mountain View police spokeswoman Julie Rand. No arrests were made. ``There have been cases of prostitution in the past _ I don’t know how recent they were.″


Rice told local media he was in the establishment for only a few minutes. He said teammates had told him the ``hot towel wrap″ spa was a good place to get a deep-tissue massage.

``I think they played a trick on me. I was there five minutes. ... It didn’t take me long to put two and two together.″

Rice said as soon as he realized the parlor was not legitimate, he excused himself to the bathroom in preparation to leave. That’s when police walked in.

``I was blown away,″ Rice said.

But he said he would not allow the experience to affect him.

``I’m not going to turn this into a circus,″ Rice said.

The Pro Bowl receiver, who holds many of the NFL’s passing records, suffered a severe knee injury in the first game of the 49ers season last year. He returned for one game, scoring a touchdown, but broke his kneecap in the process and missed the remainder of the season.