Chargers under investigation for use of ‘sticky substance’ against Broncos

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Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers. Oct. 15, 2012. Image courtesy: ESPN

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers. Oct. 15, 2012. Image courtesy: ESPN

SAN DIEGO — The NFL is investigating a report the San Diego Chargers used a banned sticky material in the Monday night game against the Denver Broncos.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer first reported the story Sunday.

The report says an equipment manager for the chargers cane onto the field with an illegal substance on hand towels. One of the officials, Jeff Bergmen, saw the towels and tried to confiscate the material.

Fox Sports reports when the equipment manager wouldn’t give it to the official, the officials made him empty his pockets. They found a clear type of tape.

The Broncos came back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat the Chargers in San Diego 35-24.

The Chargers said Sunday night, “We are aware of the inquiry and we’re cooperating fully with the league.”

The NFL banned the use of sticky substances in 1981.