NFL Rumors: Who is at fault for the sticky towel situation?

By Kenny Gardner
John Fox San Diego Chargers
Ron Chenoy-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers were accused of using stickum in a loss against the Denver Broncos on October 15, 2012.  This substance which helps players catch footballs was banned by the NFL in 1981.

Denver has been accused of pointing out the towels to officials.  When a San Diego equipment manager was approached by an official, he did not immediately empty his pockets before the towels were confiscated.

San Diego was fined $20,000 because the equipment manager failed to immediately do as he was told. The Lightning Bolts used gorilla gold towels which were not banned by the NFL before that game, but have been banned since then.

According to Michael Gehlken of, Denver head coach John Fox said “The notion that someone on the Broncos tipped off the officiating crew about the towels couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Fox continued by saying “My staff and myself included, we’re focused on the game.  I actually had the side judge come to me and actually show it to me, so it was totally a league issue.”

San Diego will play the Broncos on Sunday in Denver at 1:25 PM PDT.  The Chargers will enter that game with a 4-5 record which is two games behind the 6-3 AFC West leading Broncos.

San Diego needs to win this game to realistically keep their playoff hopes alive because they also trail the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers by two games for a wild card spot.

This will be a shot at redemption for San Diego who lost 35-24 to Denver in October after leading 24-0 at halftime.

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