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Old 09-06-2011, 09:24 PM
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Default Deadspin article about Chargers team doctor

Its from Deadspin so take what you will from that, but scary stuff nonetheless...


The Medical Board Says David Chao Is A Drunk. Former Patients Say He’s A Quack. Why Is He An NFL Team Doctor?

The DEA says Dr. David Chao wrote himself illegal prescriptions more than a hundred times between 2008 and 2010. The California state medical board says he's an alcoholic and needs psychiatric help. Four former football players have sued Chao for malpractice, claiming he ended or shortened their careers.

The San Diego Chargers, meanwhile, are bringing Chao back for his 14th season as the team's head physician.

In addition to his NFL duties, Chao is the chief medical officer for the X Games and has been employed by the WWE, USOC, and countless pro athletes. Maybe it's worth certain headaches for them to retain the services of one of the preeminent orthopedic surgeons in the country. But with a rap sheet to rival those of the NFL's top troublemakers—DUIs, surgeries gone wrong, a raid of his office by the feds in June of last year—it's worth asking the question: Why does this man still have his job?

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Old 09-07-2011, 03:53 AM
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Wow. If all of this is true I just can't understand why he's still here?
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:20 AM
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The thing is that these articles come out EVERY year and he's still with us. WHY

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Old 09-07-2011, 09:25 AM
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The team always has the "injury bug" and the doctor alwways has negative articles coming out about him.

Makes you wonder...
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:43 AM
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What concerns me is the health of the players. If the article is true, than Chao represents a threat that goes way beyond football. Would you want him to treat you or someone you care about?

Do you think the players know about this? A bunch of Chargers players have twitter accounts. We need to start bombarding them with tweets to this article or something. What does everyone else think?
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:22 AM
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i hung out with walt sweeney about 20 years ago and the stories of drugs around the early 70's chargers were pretty staggering

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I've actually seen Dr. Chao at a clinic for a hand injury that I had that needed x-rays, and he seemed fine for the short time I was around him, he was actually a really interesting guy but i guess that has no bearing if he is a alcoholic or Druggie.
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It's Deadspin. Calm down.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:57 PM
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:21 PM
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For those who don't trust Deadspin...

Dr. Chao malpractice suit:

Dr. Chao getting in trouble for not disclosing his past DUIs:

Dr. Chao writing prescriptions for himself:

Dr. Chao and his run in with the state medical board:

All this took was a 5 second google search for "dr. chao san diego union tribune" (gotta love all the links have the same stock photo of him).
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