The director of sports medicine for the Jacksonville Sharks professional arena football team has been arrested on trafficking in controlled substances and other drug charges.
A pharmacy alerted the team’s physician in early March about the amount and types of medicines being ordered by Douglas Michael Kleiner, 49, the team’s sports medicine director, who is not a physician. The team has asked for his resignation.
According to an arrest report, drugs ordered under the team’s agreement with the pharmacy were sent to Kleiner’s office. Team physician Michael Haghighi was not aware of the arrangement and said prescriptions for members of the team and others in the organization who qualified were to be written by him and filled by the patient.
A pharmacy manager who questioned sending the medications to Kleiner’s office was told that was the way it was handled by the team because games were at night and those who needed the medications could get them when the dispensing pharmacy was closed.