bill-swift - August 22, 2012
So you've probably heard all about the woes of San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera by now. The All-Star MVP was suspended for fifty games when he tested positive for testosterone use, and in a bizarre twist, it appears that he might've tried to worm his way out of it in the lamest way possible.
One of Cabrera's associates, Juan Nunez, allegedly spent ten grand to have a website created that advertised a fake performance-enhancing product. No doubt they were trying to take advantage of MLB's collective bargaining agreement that could exonerate athletes if it was proven that they weren't aware of the fact that they were taking something that they shouldn't be taking. Like drugs.
The plan didn't work. Obviously, the MLB is sharper than that and caught on to the scheme pretty quickly. But the trouble doesn't end there.
Aside from the 50-game suspension standing, the MLB's investigators began asking questions about who was behind the site and its origins. Federal investigators are also starting to look into the matter as well. Double trouble.
Although there is apparently no evidence linking Cabrera or his agents to the scheme, they did include it in a presentation they made to Major League Baseball and the players' union after his test results came out. Nunez was quick to take the fall, claiming that he was "accepting responsibility for what everyone else already knows" about the fake website. He then added that Cabrera's agents, Seth and Sam Levison had no idea about the scheme or site from the get-go.
So guys, let this be a lesson learned: don't go making fake websites with bogus products to try to get out of a suspension. Because it's only going to get worse.
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