Melky Cabrera Reportedly Created Fake Website in Attempt to Avoid MLB Ban
With the news of San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera being suspended 50 games for testing positive for increased levels of testosterone, there is a new set of details that show the extent the All-Star went to avoid the punishment.
With the news of the fake website, should Cabrera's punishment be worse?
According to the New York Daily News, Cabrera was involved in a scheme that saw the Giants star and his associates make up a fake website and product in order to place the blame for the suspension on an ill-advised supplement.
The report concludes that it was the fact that Major League Baseball allows all players to “rely on a clause in the collectively bargained drug program that allows a player who has tested positive to attempt to prove he ingested a banned substance through no fault of his own” that made the star outfielder try to cover his tracks the way he did.
After MLB quickly saw through the ruse and upheld the suspension, FDA agent Jeff Novitzky now has a vested interest in Cabrera’s case and the dealings of his associates who helped create the site and supply the slugger with the illegal drugs.
As for who exactly in the Cabrera camp is responsible for the website, a paid consultant for Cabrera named Juan Nunez reportedly “paid $10,000 for the website” and has taken responsibility for the mess it has caused. Nunez also placed no blame at the feet of Cabrera’s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson.
Sam and I absolutely had no knowledge or dealings with anyone at anytime associated with the website. I will state unequivocally and irrefutably that any payment made to the website does not come from ACES (their New York-based sports agency, Athletes’ Career Enhanced and Secured Inc.)
In the case that just continues to get stranger by the day, it has become abundantly clear that Cabrera knowingly took the performance-enhancing drugs and tried to cover up the failed drug test.
While this may not be grounds for further suspension in the current collective bargaining agreement, this is an absolute travesty. The cover-up should ensure that Cabrera’s punishment is much more severe than if he had just owned up to his mistake.
It should be at least 150 games before we see Cabrera again, but MLB won’t make a stand.
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