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Manufacturer provides possible smoking gun in Towelgate

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If the folks at Gorilla Gold were trying to help the Chargers by taking responsibility for the item that was confiscated last week during the Monday night game between San Diego and Denver, it likely won’t work.  If the folks at Gorilla Gold were looking to help themselves gain publicity and/or notoriety, it likely will.

As explained by MDS, Gorilla Gold claims that the Chargers use their product, which “supplies a light tack, much like a tackified glove” and that “leaves no discernable residue on the surface of the ball.”  The president of the company tells U-T San Diego that 70 percent of NFL teams have used the towel at some point.

That doesn’t make it permissible.

Rule 5, Section 4, Article 4(h) of the NFL rulebook prohibits “[a]dhesive or slippery substances on the body, equipment, or uniform of any player; provided, however, that players may wear gloves with a tackified surface if such tacky substance does not adhere to the football or otherwise cause handling problems for players.”

The fact that the towel creates an effect “like a tackified glove” means that it’s not a tackified glove, and thus not permitted to be used.

Besides, it’s not clear that the item taken by officials was a Gorilla Gold towel.  On Monday, coach Norv Turner clumsily declined to identify the maker of the towel, saying that “[t]he towel is used to dry the balls, the gloves the players use and their arms.”  Moreover, it’s still possible that something else entirely was being used by the Chargers.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the investigation expands to determine which teams have used and/or are still using Gorilla Gold.

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53 Responses to “Manufacturer provides possible smoking gun in Towelgate”
  1. captainloaded says: Oct 23, 2012 8:08 PM

    Obviously Mike Wallace wasn’t using it this past game……

  2. philsimmsisadouche says: Oct 23, 2012 8:09 PM

    And you put a Terrible Towel photo in this story for what reason? Judging by the photo, I thought it was another Steelers story, when it has nothing to do with them.

  3. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 23, 2012 8:10 PM

    I think this is deserving of at least a year suspension for the head coaches of the teams that were using the towels.

  4. iwantrudytodressforme says: Oct 23, 2012 8:11 PM

    “It’ll be interesting to see whether the investigation expands to determine which teams have used and/or are still using Gorilla Gold.”

    Nothing about the Chargers is “interesting.”

  5. realfann says: Oct 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    “[t]he towel is used to dry the balls, the gloves the players use and their arms.”

    What’s clumsy about that? He describes what the towels are used for – drying balls, hands and arms.

  6. jonny668 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:16 PM

    We use Gorilla Gold in our flag football league. It’s more tacky than sticky, sort of in the way receiver gloves are tacky (though with some stick, making it impossible to throw, so no good for a QB.) It’s not much different in dry weather, but it makes a huge difference in the rain. Like the water isn’t even there.

    Unfortunately, all the other teams are going to know about it now.

  7. dpeterson75 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:16 PM

    Bet Mike Wallace wishes he had one of those towels

  8. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Oct 23, 2012 8:18 PM

    70% of teams have used that in the past. I’m guessing he’s making that up. 70% of the NFL would 22.4 teams. Not sure how .4 of a team could use it.

  9. upperdecker19 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:24 PM

    Would players wearing “tackified gloves” already that use the towel to further “tackify” the already legal gloves be in compliance with the rules?

  10. yankeemofo says: Oct 23, 2012 8:25 PM

    “Don’t forget to bring a towel!”

    But seriously, they shouldn’t be allowed to use gloves, either.

  11. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 23, 2012 8:26 PM

    This makes no sense. So you can wear tacky gloves, but you can’t wipe your bare hands with something that had the exact same property as the before mentioned tacky gloves? How in the world does that make sense? I guess it’s right up there with “we’ll test for HGH” but then never mentioning it again. Makes no sense.

  12. sullijo1 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    I think the substance they have been using is called “Crack.”

  13. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    Sell your Gorilla Gold stock, quick!

  14. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 23, 2012 8:31 PM

    You all know that Watergate had nothing to do with water, right?

  15. dirtmcgirt24 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:31 PM

    Wonderful. Another “scandal” that the lazy media refers to as a “gate.”

  16. absolutsaints says: Oct 23, 2012 8:35 PM

    Suspend all the players, the Head Coach, the trainer, the GM and make them forfeit 2 second round draft picks…

  17. crazybeardedjack says: Oct 23, 2012 8:37 PM

    Not to get into semantics with Mr. Lawyer, but the rule says “with a tackified surface.” So, is this illegal, since technically the towel is tackifying the glove? Does it also specify HOW the surface has to be tackified (ie by manufacturer, towel, etc)?

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 23, 2012 8:38 PM

    Now we know why the Steeler’s Terrible Towels are that god awful yellowish color.

  19. skinsfaninnebraska says: Oct 23, 2012 8:46 PM

    Chargers’ HC and GM are gonna be gone after this season anyway. No big deal.

    Best thing to do is take $18 million of the Chargers’ cap space and give it to the Redskins. ;-)

  20. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Oct 23, 2012 8:50 PM

    towely says “you want some of the sticky-icky?”

  21. chad504boy says: Oct 23, 2012 8:51 PM

    Lets all blame Vilma for it again!

  22. baloneyjohn says: Oct 23, 2012 8:53 PM

    Don’t worry. Roger the dodger will take care of this.

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:54 PM

    So what they’re saying is 70% if NFL teams have cheated using these towels.

    “hereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Oct 23, 2012 8:26 PM
    This makes no sense. So you can wear tacky gloves, but you can’t wipe your bare hands with something that had the exact same property as the before mentioned tacky gloves? How in the world does that make sense? I guess it’s right up there with “we’ll test for HGH” but then never mentioning it again. Makes no sense.”

    The difference would be that the towel leaves some of the tacky substance on the ball or hands that could effect for instance how the quarterback throws the ball because its not releasing properly

  24. radrntn says: Oct 23, 2012 9:01 PM

    sounds like a nutrional supplement manafacture who didn’t know that their additional “natural” ingredient was actually a steroid.

  25. pynflfan says: Oct 23, 2012 9:04 PM

    I can feel it. Somehow somewhere a hater is plotting about how to related this to the Patriots…

  26. silentcount says: Oct 23, 2012 9:19 PM

    Yeah, suspend the head coach for a year. Suspend the GM and assistant coach for 6 games. Take away draft picks and fine the team 500 grand. Don’t try to defend yourselves, we know you’re guilty.

  27. dannymac17 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:23 PM

    lol @ saints fans thinking this is along the lines of putting bounties on opposing players.

  28. xxwhodatxx says: Oct 23, 2012 9:24 PM

    This comment is worth repeating…

    —-

    Suspend all the players, the Head Coach, the trainer, the GM and make them forfeit 2 second round draft picks…

  29. rushmatic says: Oct 23, 2012 9:29 PM

    I love how fans now deem that infraction should involve “a year suspension for all those involved”.

    SMH

  30. trojanwarrior007 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:31 PM

    @yankeemofo

    Is your last name Chrebet?

  31. conormacleod says: Oct 23, 2012 9:37 PM

    Gorilla Gold does not affect the ball at all. It is permissible in competitive softball, so why not pro football? Nothing to see here. Lester Hayes says its no big deal.

  32. raiderinva says: Oct 23, 2012 9:41 PM

    So….

    Once again, why is there a picture of John Goodman holding a Terrible Towel and how does it fit the post?

    AAAAAHHHHH

    Just another attempt for a Steelers advertisement to get slipped in.

    Got it.

  33. ambitoos says: Oct 23, 2012 9:44 PM

    All these posts show absolutely no respect for the Chargers. And they deserve exactley what they get. The owners continue to try and sell a bad product.

  34. jcdavey2011 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:16 PM

    florio? doesn’t this simply boil down to if it’s an nfl santioned sideline product?

    that should make the ruling easy enough, no?

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 23, 2012 10:23 PM

    The folks at Gorilla Gold would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of their larger, unflaked, resin “chunks”, which can be taken orally or smoked in a pipe. For medicinal purposes only, of course.

  36. jlv3gem says: Oct 23, 2012 10:26 PM

    @greatminnesotasportsmind

    I guess I’m the only person who thought your .4 joke was hilarious. Good stuff

  37. pjgrannan says: Oct 23, 2012 10:37 PM

    The radio interview link on the Gorilla Gold web page is very interesting. They sought and received NCAA approval for use in softball but apparently did not seek or receive permission for NFL (also not specifically rejected either) Remind anyone of the “pre-approval” process for drugs like Adderal ?

    Also the owner states that the Gorilla Gold towel used to be allowed in NCAA football but “they changed the rules” so the towels used need to be moisture absorbent and Gorilla Gold is not (per their owner). So it is NOT allowed in NCAA football now.

    Also if the towel is not “moisture absorbent” the idea that the Chargers are using it to dry footballs rings false.

    It all SEEMS at least an attempt to gain a prohibited competitive advantage. If it was so widespread why would the line judge be suspicious and confiscate the towel ??

  38. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Oct 23, 2012 10:40 PM

    absolutsaints says:
    Oct 23, 2012 8:35 PM
    Suspend all the players, the Head Coach, the trainer, the GM and make them forfeit 2 second round draft picks…
    ———
    I agree 100%. You know as long as they were told to stop for 2 years and didn’t. Good try though.

  39. buflo66 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:48 PM

    If Stick’em was banned, why are tackified gloves legal? It is a farce. Sticky gloves should not be legal. It is worse than Stick’em…

  40. nflfan555 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:52 PM

    Steelers get caught taking STEROIDS now this – I am losing faith :(

  41. rtant2013 says: Oct 23, 2012 11:09 PM

    Ha that’s hilarious. When I played in college last year, we used those towels from Gorilla Gold. It really just makes your gloves kindof gritty so they don’t become slippery from sweat and rain or whatever. So that’s really all it does, which isn’t against the rules. A ton of teams use that or something similar.

  42. commonsensedude says: Oct 23, 2012 11:34 PM

    Quick – someone call John Mara. He’ll quickly dispense justice against teams who face unsubstantiated accusations of wrongdoing just like he did against the Redskins and the Cowboys. Oh – wait. I forgot. The Chargers aren’t in the same division as the New York Giants and it won’t benefit the G-Men if the league penalizes San Diego. Okay. Never mind. The Chargers are in the clear.

  43. everyonethinksitimsayingit says: Oct 23, 2012 11:56 PM

    Of all the ‘Gates, I think Towelgate may be my favorite

  44. tdk24 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:55 AM

    Why does Barry Bonds come to mind? Better check the towels for some new kind of skin absorbing Roids.

  45. packerbackerwalt says: Oct 24, 2012 2:23 AM

    Speaking of Wallace. When he finally caught the TD pass, this last game the camera zoomed in on him using his left arm p[ointing to the sky. I couldn’t understand exactly what I was seeing, someone needs to really look at this, but there was a red Vaseline grease all over the inside portion of his elbow. I would love to see this frame one more time, because I swear that’s what I saw. Red Stickum. Or something like it. It was plain as day. Something was there.

  46. packerbackerwalt says: Oct 24, 2012 2:38 AM

    I must correct myself, it was not Wallace I speak of. It was Brandon Marshall (15) the Bears reciever, not Wallace. Sorry about the mistake.

  47. kappy32 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:50 AM

    Hell, even “The Sticky Towel Scandal” would be better due to it’s subtle sexual connotation. Please, ANYTHING but Towelgate.

  48. burrito12 says: Oct 24, 2012 5:38 AM

    People of the media, stop adding the word “gate” to the end of every supposed scandal!!!! Odds are that 50% of people alive today have no clue what that is in reference to anyway.

  49. uglynora says: Oct 24, 2012 5:49 AM

    Towelgate, like Spygate and Salarycapgate, actually gave the Chargers an unfair advantage over the other teams, therefore, I’m guessing the NFLs response will be something close to a yawn. It will be nothing like their sanctions were for Bountygate, which DID NOT create an unfair advantage for a team. That said, Chargers fan, there’s no reason for any accusations to be true or for any penalties to make sense. The NFL has you in their sights and there is nothing you can do about it. All you can do is hope Rogerboy isn’t going to try to make an example of you. Enjoy the ride and smile because he’s coming for everyone but the New York teams e and at least you know what he’s got on you.

  50. honeybadger14 says: Oct 24, 2012 6:38 AM

    Put an asterisk beside the teams win column.

    Eventually we’ll go throw a recordbook and try to find a team/athlete without the * beside their name.

    Sad to say but our reaction probably won’t be wow that guy did clean…it will be he probably didn’t get caught.

  51. yooperman says: Oct 24, 2012 6:41 AM

    buflo66 says:
    Oct 23, 2012 10:48 PM
    If Stick’em was banned, why are tackified gloves legal? It is a farce. Sticky gloves should not be legal. It is worse than Stick’em…

    There is a big differnce. Stick’em is transfered to the ball, making the ball sticky. Tacky gloves are like golf club grips. They don’t transfer anything to your hands or golf bag.

  52. nebster21 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:49 AM

    What is the NFL going to do when they find out the Giants have been using this for YEARS. Tyree said it has been an age old trick the Giants have passed on to the new kids on the block.

    Who knows this might be the next bounty gate. Sucks that the Giants are going to get tangled in this.

  53. anacherforester says: Oct 24, 2012 7:24 PM

    Whether it makes a player’s hands/gloves sticky or “gritty” as one poster called it, the very fact that these towels leave behind a residue of any kind making it easier to catch the ball and thus an unfair advantage is a clear cut violation of NFL rules. It’s telling that these towels aren’t NFL approved.

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