Chargers out of 'sticky' situation, still face fine

Terry McCormick

The San Diego Chargers have been cleared of any wrongdoing regarding towels being used in their Oct. 15 game against Denver Broncos.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers were using Gorilla Gold towels, something that apparently teams have been using fairly regularly.

The Chargers were still fined $20,000 for failing to comply with the authority of a game official.

"NFL game officials are charged with protecting the integrity and competitive fairness of the games," an NFL statement Wednesday read. "Club staff members, like players and coaches, have a clear obligation to cooperate in this effort and comply with the direction of game officials.

"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."

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