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NFLPA asks for Chargers team doctor to be removed

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The NFLPA has demonstrated its general mistrust of team doctors.

Now they have a specific target.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the union wants the Chargers to replace Dr. David Chao.

The union has asked the league find a “suitable replacement” for Chao, according to NFLPA  assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah.

“(Chao) has a clear track record of misconduct,” NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth said. “It’s unfortunate for the guys who play there. It’s something that we can’t control, but we can definitely put pressure to improve. We’re trying now.

“I don’t know that it’s appropriate to talk about all the steps we’re taking, but the first step is that we’re making people aware.”

During the NFLPA press conference, Chao was the one doctor singled out by executive director DeMaurice Smith during a discussion of the union’s problems with medical care for players.

“There is a team doctor named Dr. Chao who is currently the San Diego team doctor,” Smith said, “who has been found liable of medical malpractice twice — twice. The same doctor was the subject of a DEA investigation. He’s still the San Diego Chargers team doctor.

“Now, I’m not a doctor. I don’t even play one on TV. But it seems to me that the players of the National Football League deserve to have a doctor who’s not been found liable of malpractice, and that’s within the last year.”

The Chargers did not respond, saying they were still gathering information.

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32 Responses to “NFLPA asks for Chargers team doctor to be removed”
  1. kattykathy says: Jan 31, 2013 6:43 PM

    Like I said earlier. NEVER EVER trust your employers doctor.

    You have the right to see and be treated by your OWN physician !!!!

  2. sdcameron says: Jan 31, 2013 6:44 PM

    Chao is awful, get his ass out of dodge. One of the few times I fully agree with the NFLPA.

  3. yaryers says: Jan 31, 2013 6:46 PM

    I have not idea why the Chargers did not remove this guy immediately after Kevin Ellison got busted with hundreds of Vicodin. This guy’s track record speaks for itself…get him out of San Diego.

  4. vanmorrissey says: Jan 31, 2013 6:53 PM

    Agreed. This guys problems go back years so I don’t know how he keeps the job.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 31, 2013 7:06 PM

    Mo could have added “I’m not really a lawyer either. But I play one on T.V.”.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 31, 2013 7:13 PM

    Dr. Chao was surgically removed today in a quick, if not painless, procedure.

  7. scrp2 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:14 PM

    Why do you think Seau never felt anything?

  8. jameslongstaffe says: Jan 31, 2013 7:21 PM

    Not surprised he was singled out, never could understand how a beautiful city like San Diego has a doctor like that as the Chargers physician. I know there are better options. What a disgrace to other honest, caring doctors who lose that trust now as a result of jerks like him.

  9. woodsidegil says: Jan 31, 2013 7:32 PM

    Disgraceful! They might as well hire “Dr.” Conrad Murray when he gets out of the slammer.

  10. denverscott says: Jan 31, 2013 7:32 PM

    Maybe he has pictures of Rivers and Manti.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 31, 2013 7:33 PM

    “He has to be removed. I’m not a doctor and I don’t even play one on T.V., but I know a wart on the ass of the NFL when I see one…”

  12. bartlettruss says: Jan 31, 2013 7:49 PM

    Good for the NFLPA.

  13. natelan69 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:51 PM

    This Chargers fan says “Adios!” to this human-shaped pile of pig crap.

  14. hifive123 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:58 PM

    Out with James Woods; in with Matthew Modine.

  15. Xenu D. Alien says: Jan 31, 2013 8:15 PM

    Dr. Nick Riviera would be considered an upgrade.

  16. mullman76 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:15 PM

    The chargers franchise is suspect at best.

    Hopefully the new hires will improve the current state of affairs.

    At least the weather is nice.

    Go Raiders

  17. db3300 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:15 PM

    It may just work itself out with the rest of the house cleaning they need.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 31, 2013 8:30 PM

    Don’t worry, the Chargers will show him the door, and say “Chao, baby…”.

  19. gambleonsports says: Jan 31, 2013 8:46 PM

    Disgraceful. Probably the guy that let Dielman jump on a plane following a game in 2011 that he clearly suffered a major concussion in. Dielman has a seizure on the plane, and retires early because of it. Get this bum out of here.

  20. joeychargers says: Jan 31, 2013 9:00 PM

    It’s about time!

  21. dabearsk says: Jan 31, 2013 9:20 PM

    My girl’s cartilage had worn away from years of her being a stud basketball player..we went to this quack because he was the Chargers team physician and said he could help her…he gave her these collagen shots into the knee..they were pretty expensive..and helped for about a month …after he said it was a permenant solution…what a quack!

  22. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 31, 2013 9:48 PM

    This is hardly the first time the Chargers have been called out on this.

  23. mjkelly77 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:55 PM

    NFLPA asks for Chargers team doctor to be removed
    __________________

    Misconduct? Dr. Chao? Did he ask to test some players for HGH use?

  24. jollyjoker2 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:15 PM

    Only twice for malpractice. Seems like three strikes your out unless your in practicing medicine mode.

  25. carlsbadboltfan says: Jan 31, 2013 11:31 PM

    It’s about flipping time! Why my team hasn’t shown this waste of procreation the door is beyond me.

  26. carlsbadboltfan says: Jan 31, 2013 11:32 PM

    mullman76 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:15 PM

    The chargers franchise is suspect at best.

    Hopefully the new hires will improve the current state of affairs.

    At least the weather is nice.

    Go Raiders
    —————————————————————————————-

    Yeah. That’s what I’d say too if my team only had 3 wins against the Chargers in 10 years.

  27. chargerdillon says: Feb 1, 2013 12:17 AM

    Lets just be fair. The type of business that was caught with kevin ellison and a bag of pain pills could happen to any team in any city.

    The only way these players can play at the level they do is to pass random drug tests which obviously they know how to do.

    It would be naive to think that ray lewis as well as every single player on that field for superbowl sunday probably use a banned substance for an advantage

    This is the most brutal game in the world, it’s not about cheating, it’s about not getting caught

  28. raiders85 says: Feb 1, 2013 12:29 AM

    that whole organization is a wreck remember every year they were going to the super bowl and had the most talent in the league and constantly under achieving

  29. pongonfl says: Feb 1, 2013 2:48 AM

    The more important question is what is it about this guy that makes him the kind of “doctor” that the Chargers want.
    He is not there by accident.

  30. joetoronto says: Feb 1, 2013 4:41 AM

    Don’t take him with you to Los Angeles, Dean.

  31. arbiterflick says: Feb 1, 2013 5:43 AM

    As a Chargers fan this is honestly the best news of the offseason.

    I’ve wanted to see the back of AJ and Norv for a long time now, but Chao has flat out endangered the health of our players for years – and that’s much worse and running a mediocre team.

  32. nflr92 says: Feb 1, 2013 6:38 AM

    “We were able to fool this doctor into letting us back on the field! Protect us from ourselves!”

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