SAN DIEGO (AP) - The NFL Players Association wants the San Diego Chargers to replace team doctor David Chao, who has lost a malpractice lawsuit and is facing an attempt to have his medical license suspended or revoked.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said at a pre-Super Bowl news conference Thursday that Chao's troubles are an example of why the union wants the NFL to set up a system to verify the credentials of all team medical personnel.
Smith says ``the players of the National Football League deserve to have a doctor that's not been found liable of malpractice.''
According to online records, the Medical Board of California is seeking to revoke Chao's license and has referred the case to the state attorney general for possible charges.
Chao also has been publicly reprimanded by the board, pleaded guilty to DUI and was investigated by the DEA.
A Chargers spokesman said the team had no comment. Neither Chao nor his attorney responded to requests for comment.
AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in New Orleans contributed to this report.