Melky Cabrera shocked Major League Baseball by getting caught mid-season using banned metabolic steroids, it’s true. It is also true that this marks him for all time as a cheater, and something of an idiot, since the penalties for PED (performance enhancing drug) use are devastating to a baseball player’s reputation and wallet, and because, unlike when Barry Bonds was breaking records and racking up MVP trophies while being juiced, the game has belatedly decided that it isn’t going to let games, championships and records be distorted by chemical means.
Melky, however, is special among baseball’s cheaters. Only he, as far as we know, decided to attempt an elaborate internet deception to try to duck responsibility after he had been caught.
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. 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 scheme began unfolding in July as Cabrera and his representatives scrambled to explain a spike in the former Yankee’s testosterone levels. Cabrera associate Juan Nunez, described by the player’s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, as a “paid consultant” of their firm but not an “employee,” is alleged to have paid $10,000 to acquire the phony website. The idea, apparently, was to lay a trail of digital breadcrumbs suggesting Cabrera had ordered a supplement that ended up causing the positive test, and 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.
This, of course, is not going to do Cabrera’s career any good at all. Team’s have been reluctant to sign proven (or assumed) steroid cheats (though not reluctant enough), but many, especially those who are young and properly contrite, have managed to find teams and to prosper. After this cover-up, attempt, however, it is hard to imagine any baseball team’s management with all of its neurons firing trusting Cabrera. He has served notice that he is a liar as well as a cheat, and such people shouldn’t be trusted to mail the water bill, much less given millions of dollars to represent your team, sport and city on the field.
Such deep dishonesty compels the thought, “What else has he lied about?” During the off-season, the Cleveland Indians discovered that one of their star pitchers, Fausto Carmona, had stolen that identity and was really an older pitcher named Roberto Hernandez. Given the Giant outfielder’s propensity to attempt major deceptions, I wonder if he’s really Melky Cabrera at all.
Pointer: NBC Sports
Facts: Daily News
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