The San Diego Chargers may find themselves in a sticky situation, and it has nothing to do with the fact that they blew a 24-0 halftime lead at home in a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos last Monday night. The Chargers had a bye week this week, but it is not keeping them out of the news.
In fact, things could get a bit sticky for San Diego, depending on the results of an NFL investigation.
The NFL is investigating the Chargers for allegedly using an illegal banned substance called Stickum in one or more games, and they are saying that it could have given them a competitive advantage. Of course, with one of the worst general manager’head coach combos in the league, the Chargers figure they need every advantage they can get.
Just not illegal ones that still lead to losses. That is not advised.
“We are looking into it,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in a Sunday email.
If the Chargers are found to have used Stickum or any other similar banned adhesive, the penalties are expected to be swift and severe. We could be looking at a substantial fine and forfeiture of draft picks, including, but not limited to, a future first round pick.
In the game against the Broncos, line judge Jeff Bergman confiscated a sticky substance from a member of the Chargers equipment staff, Aiello confirmed. The substance has been sent to both the Broncos and league office for review. Depending on the results, things could start to get even worse for the 3-3 Chargers.
We already know what the league thinks about any team believed to gain an illegal advantage. We have seen it in multiple cases, including with what happened with the New England Patriots and Spy Gate. If the Chargers are found guilty, expect NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to come down very hard on them.
After all, it is not as if Goodell has anyone else to penalize right now after recusing himself from the New Orleans Saints Bounty Gate suspensions. He needs to hand down discipline to someone else.
The Chargers may be just what Goodell has been in need of to help keep up his disciplinarian image.