NFL Rumors: Will the San Diego Chargers appeal their $20,000 fine?

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
Jake Roth-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers had an embarrassing loss to the Denver Broncos three weeks ago when they blew a 24-0 halftime lead and lost 35-24.

In this game, San Diego’s equipment staff was accused of rubbing stickum on the gloves of their wide receivers which has been banned by the NFL since 1981.

The investigation is over, and it turns out that San Diego’s equipment staff used Gorilla Gold towels which were legal.

Gorilla Gold towels limit moisture and improve grip, but the NFL has decided to ban its use for the remainder of the 2012 season.

According to Michael Gehlken of, the NFL released a statement about this situation.

“As a result of the failure of club staff to follow the directive of a game official to immediately surrender the towels when directed to do so, and to attempt to conceal the towels, the Chargers have been fined $20,000.”

Gorilla Gold towels were legal heading into the game against Denver, so the employee should have done what he was told to do because he had nothing to hide.

According to Gehlken, the employee is not in trouble with San Diego’s organization.

San Diego’s head coach Norv Turner said “The fine is disappointing to me, but the most important thing is that there are a number of teams in this league using the towel.”

San Diego is expected to make an appeal about the league’s fine against them.

San Diego’s next game is on Sunday on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  San Diego is 0-2 against NFC opponents this season after losses against the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints.

It is time for San Diego to put this issue behind them and focus on a push for the AFC West title because Denver has a 5-3 record while the Lightning Bolts have a 4-4 record.


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