"Cheater is a big word," Phillips told reporters Monday, via ProFootballTalk.com. "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."
Phillips declined to lift the veil on what exactly he's seen during his time in football, but he wasn't referring to stickum.
The Chargers, meanwhile, can't wait for this one to go away.
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