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Shaun Phillips says he has “seen a lot of cheating” in NFL

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Chargers coach Norv Turner isn’t the only member of the organization who addressed on Monday the report that the team is being investigated for using an illegal adhesive substance during last Monday’s loss to the Broncos.  Linebacker Shaun Phillips also met with the media, and he was asked for his thoughts regarding the team being called “cheaters.”

“Cheater is a big word,” Phillips said.  “I’ve seen a lot of cheating in the NFL.  I don’t know that you could consider the use of Stickum to be cheating.  But it always sucks because you never want to be cast as a cheater.  All you have to do is keep playing and doing what you’re doing.  Let people say what they have to say and take care of your own business.”

Their business for now includes the NFL’s investigation into whatever it was that the officials confiscated from an equipment manager on Monday night.  Whether it was stickum or tape or anything else that has been prohibited or something that doesn’t violate the rules at all, the dark cloud will hang over the franchise until the investigation has concluded.

The more intriguing question is the type and extent of cheating Phillips has seen.  Chances are we’ll never know.  Unless someone offers him a book deal.

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44 Responses to “Shaun Phillips says he has “seen a lot of cheating” in NFL”
  1. mattwalshvideo says: Oct 22, 2012 8:52 PM

    Phillips has played against New England several times so this makes complete sense, you know that’s he’s seen “cheating”.

  2. td30 says: Oct 22, 2012 8:53 PM

    ” I don’t know that you could consider the use of Stickum to be cheating. ”

    /investigation

  3. yaryers says: Oct 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    Shut up, Shaun. Go punch another security guard.

  4. demolition510 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:01 PM

    He’s seen alot of Shawne Merroidman. We know.

  5. contract says: Oct 22, 2012 9:09 PM

    “I’ve seen a lot of cheating in the NFL.”

    For example Shawne Merriman.

  6. realfann says: Oct 22, 2012 9:11 PM

    Yeah “cheating” is the Chargers biggest problem.

    Oh yeah.

  7. jameslongstaffe says: Oct 22, 2012 9:13 PM

    Has anyone felt the gloves receivers use nowadays? Stickum is basically what they are. Start there if anyone really wants to level the field.

  8. melikefootball says: Oct 22, 2012 9:13 PM

    Might as well cheat, nothing will be done. They can’t hold up the bounty BS so push the rules to the limit. That is the moto of many coaches and players of the NFL.

  9. sactogary says: Oct 22, 2012 9:19 PM

    Cheating is accepted and encouraged in pro sports. Getting caught is what is frowned upon.

    If a lineman can hold without getting caught, or if a receiver can push off without getting called for it, that’s just called a “smart play.” How’s that different from using PEDs and not getting caught?

    We praise them for cheating, and anyone who complains about it is labeled a whiner. But let them get a DUI, and suddenly everyone has moral outrage.

  10. patriotinvasion says: Oct 22, 2012 9:20 PM

    It makes me smile that someone would take time to create a username called “mattwalshvideo” to cry about the Patriots owning his team for a decade. Whoever you are, your tears taste like sweet cupcakes…mmmm

  11. anythingbutyanks says: Oct 22, 2012 9:34 PM

    He’s seen a lot of married players out on the town with lady “friends”. Cheaters are everywhere, man.

  12. doublezero74 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:00 PM

    @mattwalshvideo
    You are such a small person. This article has nothing to do with NE yet you bring them up. Move on. Let your hate go.

  13. 69finfan says: Oct 22, 2012 10:31 PM

    Some of these modern day NFL players are so delusional that they could sell themselves swampland in the Everglades.

  14. southpaw447 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:33 PM

    This is a hilarious scandal if it’s true. It was probably for Mathews so he’d stop fumbling

    Stickum is still around to a degree. It’s called gloves. The material on the gloves makes it much easier to catch and hold onto footballs. But cheating is cheating

  15. pnut87 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:36 PM

    “I don’t know that you could consider the use of Stickum to be cheating.”

    It’s in the damn rulebook, Shaun…

  16. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 22, 2012 10:42 PM

    Fat lot of good cheating has done the Chargers, huh?

  17. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:51 PM

    Well, since the use of Stickum is prohibited, the use of it would be cheating. Not sure what else you would call it Shaun.

  18. willowy2k says: Oct 22, 2012 11:02 PM

    From his days of playing alongside shawne merriman maybe…

  19. rg3andthensome says: Oct 22, 2012 11:18 PM

    I know Shaun, I also watched the Giants Skins game and the refs that made the “Leg whip” and “Illegal Motion” calls. Thanks for not supporting the calls against America’s new team….HAIL!

  20. ravenmuscle says: Oct 22, 2012 11:40 PM

    The Charger fans are being cheated out of their hard earned money they pay for tickets by having that knucklehead Norv Turner as their coach.

  21. j0esixpack says: Oct 22, 2012 11:44 PM

    Let’s get this straight. The Patriots are the only team to cheat in the history of the NFL.

    Despite the fact that most fans are too stupid to know that the Matt Walsh video never existed, there is no question that in 2007 they broke a 2006 rule that allows signal taping from the stands, but not the sidelines.

    Thus, by logic that Patriots fans seem unable to understand, by breaking a 2006 rule in 2007, their 2001, 2003, and 2004 Super Bowls are invalid.

    No, the rule didn’t exist then, but ignorance of a rule not yet made is no excuse. Every other fan of every other team gets this. Why can’t Patriots fans understand it too?

  22. ketch20too says: Oct 22, 2012 11:46 PM

    ” I don’t know that you could consider the use of Stickum to be cheating. ”

    So…he doesn’t know if intentionally and blatantly(and repeatedly?) breaking the rules is cheating but he has seen a lot of cheating. How egregious must the cheating be for him to consider it cheating?

    Mr. Phillips….Mr Goodell on line #1

  23. mikealstott says: Oct 23, 2012 12:05 AM

    Just like with the “blown out of proportion” bounty scandal…. I am sure that there are players that use stickum all the time….. Only difference is you got caught…. Just like the Saints…. Lesson learned – be a smarter cheater….

  24. upperdecker19 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:44 AM

    If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying……and it’s only cheating if you get caught.

  25. rockymountainraider says: Oct 23, 2012 12:46 AM

    Typically answer from a person who gets caught doing wrong, starts reaching for anything and anyone to go down with them. “But there doing it too” didn’t you hate that as a kid.

  26. yojoemama says: Oct 23, 2012 1:05 AM

    Didn’t Phillips play for Bill Belicheat, oops I mean Belichick, the master genius of cheating? Is that what he means?

  27. gogetembolts says: Oct 23, 2012 1:22 AM

    This will all blow over. No one will remember this when the Chargers finish at 13-3 and get home field turf to begin their playoff run.

  28. ambitoos says: Oct 23, 2012 2:37 AM

    The question is not who used it but who authorized it’s use. Somebody went to the store and bought it. Who will use their job over this.
    As a fan, all we can do is wait for the coaching changes that are coming.

  29. sasquatch77 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:35 AM

    This stuff is banned at every level of the game. Where do you even get Stickum this day and age? Is some Chargers assistant making it in his bathtub? Or did they run across a batch at Lester Hayes’ yard sale?

  30. joetoronto says: Oct 23, 2012 4:40 AM

    What do you know, another delusional Charger.

  31. fuddpucker says: Oct 23, 2012 5:17 AM

    The San Diego Cheaters!

    Has a nice ring to it.

  32. chesslungo says: Oct 23, 2012 7:07 AM

    The Pats have plated SD alot so theyve seen alot of cheating. Whether its stickum(SD), spying(NYJ), funneling sound(IND), being head of the rule commitee(Don Shula) or feigning injury(NYG), they dont cry about it. Learn about football before u type in something stupid u piece of trash

  33. gibbstastic says: Oct 23, 2012 7:19 AM

    “I don’t know that you could consider the use of Stickum to be cheating. ”

    He obviously means besides the fact that it is, in fact, against the rules.

  34. rjg427 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:01 AM

    @mattwalshvideo…you have to give one thing to the Patriots…at least when they cheat they make it count and win championships..The Chargers team is hot garbage with or without cheating..

  35. sb44champs says: Oct 23, 2012 8:13 AM

    I wish whomever tells a player via the internet to ‘shut up’, that they would then have to regurgitate that to the player’s face… Stupid internet bully cowards!!!

  36. hehateme2 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    I remember pictures of the old Raiders corners with this stuff dripping off their gloves.

  37. sj39 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:32 AM

    We’ve all seen a lot of cheating in the NFL. It’s call The New England Patriots.

  38. psousa1 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:07 AM

    Does everyone realize the reason why they put microphones in helmets of the QB and MLB is because the whole f-ing league was trying to decipher signals? Also – videotaping the other teams signals always has and still is permissable. You just cannot do it from designated areas. Anyway this stickum thing is stupid. Stickum where? Anyone who has used these gloves no one thing – the gloves the receivers wear might be 300% more effective than stickum. Every week you see receivers catching balls like they are a first baseman. Ban the friggin gloves and you will see a completley different passing game. Stickum – who cares. The only reason it was banned in the first place was not because of an unfair advantage it was because they made of mess of the football

  39. sbc85 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:44 AM

    sactogary says:Oct 22, 2012 9:19 PM
    We praise them for cheating, and anyone who complains about it is labeled a whiner. But let them get a DUI, and suddenly everyone has moral outrage.

    Is that really a good comparison? Driving drunk could kill someone.

  40. cidman2001 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:13 AM

    Somwhere Fred Biletnikoff and Cliff Branch are having a good chuckle……Heheheheheheheheeee!

  41. sschmiggles says: Oct 23, 2012 10:19 AM

    You’re right joesix, no team other than the Pats has ever cheated. Yeah that whole thing with the Broncos cheating the salary cap in the 90s and the Steelers using roids in the 70s and the Saints paying for injuries and the Dolphins recording snap counts with microphones and the Colts piping in crowd noise, yeah none of that ever happened.

    The Pats are such a special team that they’re the only sports franchise ever that’s bent the rules

  42. mikebyrne1502 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:42 AM

    patriotinvasion says:Oct 22, 2012 9:20 PM

    It makes me smile that someone would take time to create a username called “mattwalshvideo” to cry about the Patriots owning his team for a decade. Whoever you are, your tears taste like sweet cupcakes…mmmm

    ————-

    Yea but anyone outside of NE will always wonder if they would have won all those SB’s if they weren’t video taping walk throughs, and practices… In fact the Pats haven’t won a SB since they got caught, coincidence?, we’ll never know!!!

  43. sactogary says: Oct 23, 2012 12:09 PM

    sbc85 says:Oct 23, 2012 9:44 AM

    sactogary says:Oct 22, 2012 9:19 PM
    We praise them for cheating, and anyone who complains about it is labeled a whiner. But let them get a DUI, and suddenly everyone has moral outrage.

    Is that really a good comparison? Driving drunk could kill someone.
    —————————————————-
    I think it is a valid comparison, to a point. It sounds like you’re saying integrity doesn’t matter unless someone dies. Integrity is a lifestyle decision, as is cheating. Getting caught is external.

  44. dbroncofan1969 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:14 PM

    did anyone notice when asked about it he just said he didn’t think it was cheating he never actually denied that the team did it

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