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Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Allegations not tied into medical treatment of team

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The state medical board filed complaints against the San Jose Sharks' team doctor, who also has treated Barry Bonds, Jerry Rice and other famous athletes.

Following a 1½-year probe, the board accused orthopedic surgeon Arthur J. Ting of allowing aides to act as doctors and writing illegal prescriptions, the San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday. If the state attorney general upholds the charges from the Medical Board of California, Ting could face suspension or lose his license.

Ting denied the charges in interviews with the Mercury News.

Similar claims were made in suits in Santa Clara County Superior Court, and the county is reviewing whether to file criminal charges against Ting, said Al Weger, an assistant district attorney. None of the charges involve members of the Sharks or other Bay Area athletes.

Sacramento attorney Richard Antoine, who represents Ting, says none of the charges involve the health care the doctor provides. Ting said the claims grew from office jealousies at a Palo Alto clinic known for sports medicine where he worked until late 2000.

Ting, who has a private practice in Fremont, also is physician for the SaberCats of the Arena Football League, the Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and some high school teams.