San Diego Chargers Reportedly Being Investigated by NFL for Illegal Stickum

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

The San Diego Chargers could be in hot water with the NFL following Monday night's loss to the Denver Broncos.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the league is looking into their possible use of an illegal substance to help their players hold on to the ball.

I'm reporting the NFL is investing the Chargers after they were caught using a banned illegal Stick em-type substance vs broncos Mon night

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 21, 2012

Glazer added to his report, saying that the investigation already started and that a "line judge saw it and had it confiscated and sent to Broncos and league."

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote that the list of potential culprits in this scenario is unknown right now, saying, "It remains to be seen who knew what and when and how many were involved, but the smartest move for anyone questioned by the league will be to tell the truth."

In case you have never heard of the substance, Stickum basically acts as a glue-type substance that will help things, surprisingly, stick to whatever it's applied to.

Considering the way that Roger Goodell rules the NFL with an iron fist, as well as the fact that Stickum has been banned by the league for more than 30 years, the Chargers could be facing severe penalties if the investigation incriminates them.

We saw what the New England Patriots got when they were found to be videotaping other teams' signals during games. As a refresher, the team was fined $250,000 and forfeited a first-round draft pick, and head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000.

While Goodell might not come down that hard on the Chargers, his track record shows that if the Chargers are found guilty, he will not hold back with his punishment for all the parties involved.