Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Dr David Chao: NFL Collectively Bargained Joint Committee Will Decide His Fate


The NFL and Roger Goodell will not just jump in the middle and ask the San Diego Chargers to find a new doctor. There will be a process that takes place that will decide his final fate.

Roger Goodell pointed to Article 50 in the new collective bargaining agreement. Here are Goodell’s quotes, via San Diego UT:

“Article 50 states that if there’s an issue with any medical decision or the medical professionals of a club,” Goodell said, “there could be a resolution by meeting with independent doctors, I believe, three different doctors including an NFLPA attorney, and they will review the matter.

“As I understand it, that’s exactly what’s going on in San Diego, so we’ll allow the process to unfold. But I’m comfortable our doctors make the best possible decisions for the players. We’ll stand behind that, we’ll engage in the process, and we’ll let it unfold.”

So some independent doctors will review Dr David Chao and his practice and they will decide if he is doing anything wrong that deserves the Chargers attention. It sounds like Chao still could easily have a job when this is all said and done.

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  • Guest

    They should fire him regardless of the ruling. Are the Chargers forced to keep Chao by the NFLPA or something? I just can’t believe this guy still has a job, after the malpractice cases, bad press, and poor medical attention the players have gotten.

  • arnie

    if they are going to “review his practice” then it should be an open an shut case. of good bye. cia, c yah.