This is a strange story.
In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that caused a positive test under Major League Baseball’s drug program.
The other day I was considering writing a post about Cabrera's honesty following his positive test and 50-game suspension. It's rare that a player caught doping admits it. The public demands it and pretends they'll hold it against him in a different way, but they don't. Still, I appreciated the honest statement.
My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.
Although I wasn't surprised at the reports of the cover-up, I was disappointed. Here was a guy who got caught, admitted it, accepted the suspension even though it greatly hurts the Giants chances of reaching the playoffs and wants to looks forward to moving on. It's not often I find myself caring about what these athletes say or do, but I found his comments regarding this more sincere and honest than any other by a long margin.
This new report sheds an entirely different light on what happened. Cabrera, like most athletes, wasn't sincere in apologizing. He was, perhaps, sorry he got caught, but probably only because it's likely to cost him money down the road. Then again, maybe it already made him more money than he deserved.
But instead of exonerating Cabrera of steroid use, the Internet stunt trapped him in a web of lies. Amid the information-gathering phase of his doping case last month, his cover story unraveled quickly, and what might have been a simple suspension has attracted further attention from federal investigators and MLB, the Daily News has learned.
Famed steroid cop Jeff Novitzky, a criminal investigative agent for the Food & Drug Administration, and agents from MLB’s Department of Investigation have begun looking into Cabrera’s associates and his entourage, including trainers, handlers and agents, as they search for the source of the synthetic testosterone that appeared in a sample of the All-Star Game MVP’s urine.
Rather than admit it, accept the punishment and move on, Cabrera, it seems, was willing to go to great lengths to cover this up. He has reportedly gone to such lengths that might result in further punishment. Maybe even legal issues.
Sam and I absolutely had no knowledge or dealings with anyone at anytime associated with the website,” Seth Levinson said in an email to The News. “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.)
I was the only one who had dealings with the website,” Nunez said. “Neither Seth nor Sam had any dealings with the website, nor did anyone else in the firm.
All I know right now is that this is the strangest case yet that MLB has had to deal with. Whether or not Cabrera was involved in the cover-up, he's going to pay a price for it. Perhaps not legally, but financially he will.