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NFL to review the towel for possible approval.
Lewiston, Idaho (November 8, 2012) - The illegal use of Stickum charge didn't stick with the San Diego Chargers.
According to a report by SoCal newspaper UT San Diego, Gorilla Gold and the Chargers have been at the center of a three-week investigation, which concluded with the NFL finding the towel to be widely used throughout the league.
"We're very pleased that the San Diego Chargers have been cleared of any wrong-doing in regards to using Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer," Patrick Dugan, president of Gorilla Gold announced. "Our goal, when coming forward," Dugan said, "was to relieve the Chargers of the stigma of cheating for using Stickum, a banned substance."
The company believes that the players use the product, which contains an adhesive that rubs off onto hands but afterward not onto the football, to replace some of a glove's tackiness that becomes lost when a player hits the turf.
"We also believe the players on the team that don't use gloves," Dugan said, "are using it really to level the playing field, to give them the same kind of feel that the gloves provide."
Tom Donahoe, Dugan's business partner added, "We're grateful that the NFL is willing to take a look at approving Gorilla Gold after this season. Like the majority of softball governing bodies that have approved Gorilla Gold for use by pitchers on the mound, we believe that the NFL will realize that Gorilla Gold improves the game without giving players who use it an unfair advantage."
The NFL Competition Committee is expected to formally review the towel for possible approval at a later date, but until then, the towel is banned for use by all NFL teams. Gorilla Gold is currently used in the CFL, but the product is most widely used in golf and racquet sports.
Patrick Dugan, President
Read more about the investigation from UT San Diego:
Chargers cleared for use of 'sticky' towels, still face fine
Towel maker 'very pleased' with Chargers verdict