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Controversial Dr. David Chao leaves the Chargers

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When a person at the center of a controversy resigns, claiming he wants to spend more time with his family is a common face-saving measure.

Today, the San Diego Chargers issued a statement saying, “Team Doctor David Chao has notified the club that he has decided to step down due to health reasons and to spend more time with his family.”

It may very well be true that Dr. Chao wants to spend more time with his family and has health problems that prevent him from taking on all the responsibilities of being a team doctor. But it’s also true that Chao has been harshly criticized by the NFL Players Association for, in the opinion of the union, failing to provide adequate care for players. And it wouldn’t be at all surprising to learn that Chao’s desire to spend more time with his family was brought on at least in part by a feeling that the harsh criticism wasn’t going away as long as he remained the Chargers’ team doctor.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said early this year that the union was concerned about Chao — and concerned about the fact that the NFL and the Chargers were allowing him to stay on the job.

“The NFLPA will take every step to hold the NFL and its member clubs accountable to provide the care that they are mandated to provide,” Smith said. “Dr. Chao’s previous medical liability issues only increases our desire to engage in a thorough and comprehensive credentialing process to determine which physicians are providing care to our players and how they were selected by the teams.”

The players’ union will be glad to see that Dr. Chao will now be spending more time with his family, and no time with the Chargers.

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19 Responses to “Controversial Dr. David Chao leaves the Chargers”
  1. nmking26 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:03 PM

    Ciao

  2. blacknole08 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:07 PM

    Looks like Dr. Chao said ciao (see you later) before things got rough.

  3. drgreenstreak says: Jun 13, 2013 10:23 PM

    Dr. Chao is going to be Justin Biebers personal physician.

  4. carlsbadboltfan says: Jun 13, 2013 10:31 PM

    About freaking time.

  5. wwwmattcom says: Jun 13, 2013 10:37 PM

    In the NFL agents play the role of Mom and Dad when their baby gets hurt. Agents have more experience with specific teams and doctors. It is very common and advised for players to get second opinions from a neutral party. In many cases a team physician isn’t even a players treating physician.
    Teams and players have mutual investments in each other.
    D. Smith is just an angry kid on an ant hill with a magnifying glass.

  6. Norcross says: Jun 13, 2013 10:45 PM

    I remember reading the article about him on Deadspin. it blew my mind that he still had a license at all, much less was the official doctor for the team.

  7. raiderapologist says: Jun 13, 2013 10:59 PM

    Dr. Chao left without recommending that the starting RB take calcium pills to keep his shoulders from breaking. Dr. Chao, chiropractor. Choo Choo.

  8. dlacsa says: Jun 13, 2013 11:02 PM

    What is the over-under of him going to Denver?

  9. eatitfanboy says: Jun 13, 2013 11:03 PM

    Reporter: Do you ever do anything that doesn’t end up in a controversy, Chao?

    Chao: I’m an unqualified doctor! It always ends up like this.

  10. redstar504 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:14 PM

    Just want to thank Dr. Chou on behalf of the City of New Orleans for writing Drew Brees off.

  11. trevor123698 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:25 PM

    A doctor stepping down for health reasons. You’d think this would be some type of surprise but on average they only live to age 58 so its really just the average. And we get our health advice from these people!

  12. badintent says: Jun 14, 2013 12:19 AM

    Send him to Detroit. Not the Lions, the city. At night.

  13. hunterco88 says: Jun 14, 2013 12:22 AM

    This guy was a joke. Deadspin did a good job exposing his work, anybody interested in a good write up should head over there.

  14. backwardpack says: Jun 14, 2013 1:02 AM

    As a doctor I know that every doctor is as human as everyone else. This means that there are as many bad as there are good and not everyone in the profession are cut out to be in the field. It’s good that this guy got weeded out, but it still begs the question of how he actually got a job on an nfl team in the first place. I don’t think we’re getting all the facts here.

  15. tuongotsriracha says: Jun 14, 2013 1:35 AM

    Ciao, Chao.

  16. icdogg says: Jun 14, 2013 2:04 AM

    Ciao, Dr. Chao…

  17. arbiterflick says: Jun 14, 2013 5:34 AM

    Best move of the offseason Chargers fans.

    Norv wasted this team’s talent when it had it, and AJ’s ego ran this team into the ground, but this guy has been a stain on the organization.

  18. bostoncommon says: Jun 14, 2013 7:20 AM

    Dear Dr. backwardpack: “Beg the question” does not mean “makes you wonder.” Look it up.

  19. majormeatcurtains says: Jun 14, 2013 9:35 AM

    About time. It’s not like there is a shortage of qualified, competent Drs. out there wanting a fat paycheck.

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