Nick Novak – Kicker Nick Novak was caught urinating on the sideline during Sunday’s Chargers-Broncos game, but maybe he would have been better off if he had been.
As if answering questions about missing a potential game-winning field goal in overtime wasn’t painful enough, the San Diego kicker also fielded inquiries from reporters who wanted to know if he was really doing what they thought he was doing during the fourth quarter of the Chargers’ 16-13 OT loss to Denver on Sunday — urinating on the sidelines.
“I usually go two or three times a game,” Novak told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “If guys pay attention to that, you’ll see quite a few guys go to the bathroom. We can’t really go inside to do it. You just take a knee, have teammates hold up towels.”
According to NFL Senior VP of public relations Greg Aiello, the league has no policy concerning players urinating on the sidelines.
“When this occurs, the player has been shielded from public view and there have been no issues with it,” Aiello told the Daily News. “If a player goes to the locker room, he may not be available when his team is counting on him to be on the field.”
Novak, 30, was caught relieving himself on the sidelines by CBS cameras, adding a touch of embarrassment to the pain of San Diego’s loss to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. The loss is the sixth in a row for San Diego (4-7), the team’s longest losing streak in 10 years.
“Now you think about Novak and what his range is,” color commentator Dan Fouts said with 1:34 to go in the fourth quarter and the game tied 13-13. As Fouts spoke, the camera cut to Novak urinating while someone on the San Diego sidelines held up a towel in a failed attempt to shield Novak.
After four seconds of awkward silence, play-by-play man Ian Eagle noted that Novak had already hit a 53-yard field goal. Novak wouldn’t get an opportunity in the fourth quarter and he went on to miss a 53-yarder in overtime.
“It’s kind of embarrassing, but oh, well,” Novak said of cameras catching his sideline bathroom break.
The kicker was much more serious about his failure to come through in the clutch when his reeling team needed him.
A red-eyed Novak welled up when asked how difficult the loss was for him, prompting a Chargers PR staffer to end the interview.