|Norv Turner continues to deny that any Chargers player has used Stickum. (US Presswire)|
San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner on Monday denied that the Chargers used a banned sticky substance in their 35-24 loss to the Broncos on Oct. 15.
“Nobody from the San Diego Chargers used Stickum in the game against Denver,” Turner said Monday. “Nobody has used Stickum in any game.
“The questions that have been asked by the league involve 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, to dry the gloves the players wear and their arms. The league is looking into the towel, and that is about where we are at.”
Patrick Dugan, the president of Gorilla Gold, appeared to back up Turner's claim.
"We would believe that every team at one point over the last 10 years since we introduced this product, that every team at one point has probably had this or does have this," Dugan told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday. "I can say that I'm aware of several elite quarterbacks that over the past decade have been very dedicated to the use of this product."
Dugan's comments do not exonerate Turner and the Chargers. The possibility still remains that an additional sticky substance was placed on the towel and then distributed to players.
League officials visited Chargers Park last week to investigate the towels and how they are used by the team in games.
Turner wasn't able to provide a timetable for when the NFL would conclude their investigation.
“If you want to ask about Cleveland (this week's opponent) or our team, that is where I am at,” he said. “When the NFL gives us something, we will make sure we will release it or give it to you.”
QB Philip Rivers did his best to dismiss the entire incident and avoid talking about it.
“I think the discussion on that has been way over talked about,” Rivers said. “I would rather keep talking about Cleveland and the season, to be honest with you.”