By Danny Cox
The San Diego Chargers really have watched their season go from promising at the very beginning to almost laughable. It appeared as if the bleeding culminated when the Denver Broncos made an incredible comeback that erased a 24-point lead and embarrassed the Bolts. That was just the middle ground though and things have only gotten worse.
With a bye week to rest and reevaluate what went wrong against Denver, new problems arose for San Diego.
The NFL is currently investigating the Chargers’ use of a sticky substance by the team’s wide receivers. It was originally thought that it was a banned “Stickum” substance being used and that huge fines and possible suspensions could be on the way.
Chargers’ coach Norv Turner says that it isn’t actually “Stickum” at all, but the substance in question here is nothing more than a towel.
“Nobody in this organization has used Stickum in any game,” Turner said Monday. “The question involved a towel that has been used by this organization for over 10 years. It’s used by a lot of teams in this league. The towel is used to dry the balls, dry the gloves that the players wear and their arms. The league is looking into the towel. That’s about where it’s at.”
Gorilla Gold – out of Lewiston, Idaho – is the company that is responsible for the towel that Turner is talking about.
These towels emit a wax-based substance that actually has a tacky-like material which is similar to that of a glove. The substance is designed to improve grip and even is a repellant to sweat, rain, and other types of moisture.
“The Chargers have not done anything wrong and they are far from the only NFL team to use our product,” said Patrick Dugan, president of Gorilla Gold, who calls his product “one of the best-kept secrets in the NFL over the past decade” but said his towels aren’t illegal. “I’d say over the course of the past 10 years, teams and players from every NFL team has used our product, we have directly overnighted our product to NFL teams and players. I know of several elite, super-elite, quarterbacks that use our product.”
This product/substance from Dugan and his company is not sanctioned by the league. Dugan also made it a point to let it be known that his product is also not banned by the NFL like “Stickum” is.
Dugan’s product is sanctioned by NCAA softball and the PGA. In all actuality, the majority of Gorilla Gold’s business comes from the PGA and its golfers.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that this was not a time he could comment on the matter, but that things are under investigation and review.
Norv Turner told the media on Monday that the product from Dugan and Gorilla Gold has been asked about in the past. It is not something that is new whatsoever, and has been around for years. Turner continued on:
“In fact, one of the officials in the past said he thought it would be a good thing for him to use — this was a couple years ago, according to our equipment guys — it would be a good thing for him to use to dry his clubs when he’s playing golf.”
As the investigation continues, the Chargers have to hope that this legal substance is all they are found to be using. Should it come back that San Diego has been using any type of banned substance, they would be fined or even lose a draft pick.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.