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NFLPA wants Chargers doctor replaced

Union says Dr. David Chao liable for malpractice twice. Terry McCormick

Print This January 31, 2013, 09:19 PM EST

The NFL Players Association wants the San Diego Chargers team physician replaced, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Union president DeMaurice Smith made the comments Thursday, saying that Dr. David Chao has been liable on two different occasions for malpractice.

"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 union also said it surveyed players, and that 78 percent say they did not trust the team's doctor.

The Chargers indicated they are still gathering data about what was said, according to the report.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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