A funny and kind of sad story in the Daily News this morning. Apparently in an attempt to avoid a 50 game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, Melky Cabrera tried to create a fake website to prove that he inadvertantly tested positive.
Here’s an excerpt from their story:
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.
“There was a product they said caused this positive,” one source familiar with the case said of Cabrera’s scheme. “Baseball figured out the ruse pretty quickly…”
…MLB’s department of investigations quickly began asking questions about the website and the “product” — Where was the site operating from? Who owned it? What kind of product was it? — and quickly discovered that an existing website had been altered, adding an ad for the product, a topical cream, that didn’t exist.
Publicly Melky came clean right away, but only after he hatched this crazy scheme that sounds like it is out of a bad movie that gets re-run on Comedy Central. Victor Conte, infamous for his connections to steroids, claimed that only morons fail the type of test that Melky failed. I think this falls into that category of ‘only morons.’