San Diego Chargers under investigation for using sticky substance, Fox reports

October 21, 2012

Philip Rivers protested the Chargers’ innocence on a false-start penalty Monday night. (Harry How / Getty Images)

The San Diego Chargers’ alleged use of a banned sticky substance is the subject of an investigation by the NFL, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported this morning.

The Chargers were using the stuff, Glazer reported, in the Monday night game against the Denver Broncos — the game in which they blew a 24-point lead (or, depending on your point of view, failed to stop a Peyton Manning rally) and lost 35-24. The focus of the investigation, according to Glazer, is an equipment manager who was hiding “illegal sticky substances” in hand towels distributed during a timeout. The equipment manager was spotted by the line judge and refused to turn over the stuff. Officials made him empty his pockets and discovered the gunk.

Sticky substances have long been banned and the Chargers, as Glazer said, would face stiff penalties if found guilty of seeking a competitive advantage by using them. Penalties could include a large fine and a loss of draft picks.

The Chargers have a bye this week.

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