New York, NY (Sports Network) - Facing a 50-game suspension for doping, San
Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera created a phony website and a fake
product in an attempt to dodge the ban by proving he inadvertently ingested a
banned substance, according to a report.
The New York Daily News reported Sunday that Cabrera's ruse quickly came apart
during the information-gathering phase of his doping case last month and has
made the former MVP candidate a further target of Major League Baseball and
Cabrera, who tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, apparently
was eying a clause in Baseball's drug program allowing players to plead their
innocence by proving they didn't knowingly take a banned substance.
Juan Nunez, an associate of Cabrera's, is alleged to have paid $10,000 for the
fake website and has told the Daily News that he was "accepting responsibility
for what everyone else already knows."
Nunez says Cabrera's agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, were not involved in the
fake website scheme. Cabrera is described by the agents as a "paid consultant"
at their firm, according to the paper. The agents also denied knowledge of the
Cabrera utilized the fake website as part of his presentation to MLB and the
players' union arguing against his ban. According to the paper, investigators
for MLB grew skeptical and discovered an existing website had been altered to
add an advertisement for a topical cream that didn't exist.
The alleged plot resembles the case of disgraced journalist Stephen Glass, who
created a fake website while he was under investigation by The New Republic
for fabricating magazine articles in the 1990s.
Cabrera was having a career season. He was batting .346 with 11 homers, 60 RBI
and a .390 on-base percentage in 113 games before his ban and was MVP of the
All-Star Game last month.
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