Chargers head coach Norv Turner denies team uses 'Stickum'
League looking into allegations
2:08 PM, Oct 22, 2012
5:10 PM, Oct 22, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner Monday denied any wrongdoing amid a report the team used a banned substance in last week's game against the Denver Broncos.
This weekend, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported the NFL began investigating after a Chargers equipment employee was spotted hiding an illegal sticky substance and giving it to players. A line judge saw it, had it confiscated and sent to the Broncos and to the league, Glazer posted on Twitter.
The NFL banned the use of adhesive or sticky substances used to improve grip, such as Stickum, in 1981.
Chargers officials issued a statement regarding the reports that the NFL was looking into the possibility that the Chargers were using an illegal "sticky" substance.
"We are aware of the inquiry and are cooperating fully with the League," the statement read.
During a Monday afternoon press briefing, Turner told reporters, "We did not use Stickum."
Turner added, "This special towel is used by many teams in the league to dry equipment. It's also used by PGA players in bad weather to dry clubs"
When asked specifically about the towel, Turner responded, "I'm not going to talk about the brand of towel. I'm not going to market a product."
Turner noted that the team has been using the towel for more than 10 years.
Wide Receiver Robert Meachem said he's never used the towel in question and has never seen it. He's also disheartened by the team being called "cheaters."
"I feel insulted," he said.
When asked if the Chargers are cheaters, he replied, "We lost didn't we? If we cheated, shouldn't we have won? We didn't do a good job if we cheated."
He also had a sense of humor about the whole thing joking at one point, "I had a coach in college that used to say, 'If you weren't cheating, you weren't trying hard enough."
Linebacker Shaun Phillips also denied ever using the illegal sticky substance to gain a competitive advantage.
"You never like being casted as a cheater. I play defense, but I've never seen people using it. We just need to let the league take care of business and we need to take care of business on our end," said Phillips.
"The team is focused on getting better. This is not a distraction; my attention is on getting the guys healthy and getting ready to go on the road to Cleveland," Turner added.
There is no word on what kind of penalty the Chargers would face if it is found that players used the substance during the game.
A league official told 10News Monday that they are "looking into it to determine the facts."
San Diego is currently 3-3 and tied for first place with Denver atop the AFC West division.
In their last game before their bye week, the Chargers fell to the Broncos 35-24 at Qualcomm Stadium.