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Melky Cabrera bought a website and dreamed up a fake supplement in an attempt to beat his PED suspension

Aug 19, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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This all reads like the plot for a low-budget tech thriller movie. A bad, low-budget tech thriller.

According to Teri Thompson, Bill Madden, Christian Red, Michael O’Keefe and Nathaniel Vinton of the New York Daily News, outfielder 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 website, purchased by an associate of Cabrera’s from the Dominican Republic named Juan Nunez, cost a total of $10,000.

The product, advertised as a topical cream, was going to anchor Cabrera’s defense during his appeal.

But “baseball figured out the ruse pretty quickly,” a source familiar with the case told the Daily News.

Cabrera’s agents, Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES, have distanced themselves from Nunez and are claiming that the scheme was concocted without their knowledge. There’s no evidence that they’re lying, though Nunez has been hired directly by the agents in the past to obtain and deal with Dominican clients.

Federal investigators are now looking into the case, and it seems possible if not likely that Cabrera will be facing punishment beyond his 50-game ban from professional baseball. “If you engage in this type of activity,” concludes a well-informed source in the Daily News exclusive, “you do it at great risk to your livelihood.”

  1. fuddpucker - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Obviously, we’re still seeing baseball players cheat the system. Melky was 45 days away from getting upwards of a 100 million dollar contract. Thankfully he got caught in the nick of time and it also looks like his agents are involved in this stupid website scam/scheme.

    I hope this story languishes on and on and in the end, I hope they drum Melky out of baseball.

    Nothing personal Melky but you’re immoral. Period.

    • keepthisrealbro - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      100 million dollar contract????? Please whatever you are on pass it this way. Strange because the word from many sources that the Giants were in the 3 year 27-30 mill range, but that does i guess look like 100 million

      • KidMidAtlantic - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Many sources, including talking heads at ESPN, say Melky was in the $70-80M range this off-season, which doesn’t necessarily look like $100m but is crazy close.

      • dsc245 - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        most SFG fans cringed at that supposed offer by Sabean. On the radio over here, sportwriters etc were throwing around numbers like 4 years x $60 mil and 5 years x $75 mil and that’s for the Giants. $100 mil sounds a little too high(unless maybe for 6 years?) but who knows what the Yankees or Red Sox might have offered had Melky not been caught and continued on his current pace. That would have been back to back awesome years and most GM’s would reasonably conclude that this was his true talent level.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Is it anymore immoral than blaming it on tainted milkshakes you drank in another country? Or blaming it on the Fed Ex guy?

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      At least he didn’t blame it on Bush or Obama!

      • hittfamily - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        or Bobby V

    • fuddpucker - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Immoral is as stupid does.

    • theskinsman - Aug 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      It was Melky’s cousin…oh,wait,he mis-remembered…Musta still thought he was on the Yanks, where you do get away with this stuff.Cabrera is an idiot.

  3. wherezwaldo - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    What a jackass.

  4. smcgaels1997 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    It’s a game… Get over it people and move on

    • lanflfan - Aug 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      Says the guy posting on a site dedicated to a “game”.

  5. derekjetersmansion - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    “If Sarah Phillips runs Melky’s fake website the Internet in my head will explode.”

    • realgone2 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      HAHAHA! winner!

  6. realgone2 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    there goes my Melky Cabrera action figure deal……………..

  7. ironcitydonnieiris - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Coming out next summer on your cable channel following new episodes of “Hard Knocks”, the all new MLB Reality Series, “Websites of Giant Friends”.

  8. lew24 - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    The cover up is always worst than the crime!

    • ku62 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      The cover up is always worst than the crime!

      That’s a really tough concept for people who believe they should be able to get away with anything. You find these folks everywhere from the pulpit down the street to Capitol Hill.

  9. blabidibla - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Melky broke my heart.

    • scairp - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      Ditto. He helped the Yankees win their 2009 and most recent World Series and I had a hard time seeing him leave, but then this year, he’s the All Star MVP! He’s hitting well over .300, his OBP is ALMOST .400! OMG! Melky has blossomed! What a hellacious letdown he has been. This alleged fake website is just pouring salt into a fresh wound for me. If true this was premeditated and nothing he can say that implies remorse is going to be genuine and should not be taken as such. He’s killed his career and damaged the game. FU Melky.

  10. blabidibla - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    To be fair though, since there is “no evidence” that Melky or his agents paid for this website (though most will fairly find it implausible) shouldn’t the headline of this article be changed?

  11. lostsok - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Never commit a felony to cover up a misdemeanor!

  12. aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Wow…that’s really friggin’ low-down and dirty. So much for the goodwill engendered by his manning up and admitting he used a banned substance.

    However, this proves that the testing is working to a degree. I think this is a very positive development for MLB. If Melky completely loses out on a large contract because of this, it can only set an example to other players that cheating isn’t worth the risk.

  13. lanflfan - Aug 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    If true, deserves additional suspension time from MLB in addition to whatever the legal system throws at him. I guess Melky really is that stupid.

  14. tastybasslines - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Yet, he will probably still win a batting title anyway…

    • pw38 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      Can’t, he doesn’t have the at-bats to qualify.

  15. shaggytoodle - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    For those who sit around and bash Braun, I don’t want to hear it these two compared anymore Braun, who said he answered every question truthfully during his appeal.

    Melky goes out of his way, to scam his way out of a suspension and now he looks like a huge a-hole.

    • johngaltx - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM

      This moron getting suspended only serves to casts a shadow back on Braun. The dopers are way ahead of MLB on the cheating front, they always have been and always will be. Braun got off on a technicality, then forced MLB to cover-up the evidence brought forth at the the hearing. This Cabrera dope deal is just the tip of the iceberg, if anyone believes that the league is ahead of the dopers then they must also believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Clause.

      • shaggytoodle - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:38 AM

        I am sure there are plenty of dopers are ahead of the curve, when it comes to testing. In my opinion there is much more Brauns story than a technicality. Unfortunetly, there tons of unanswered questions. Braun did say he answered all questions truthfully, Did he have a medical condition and perscription, I think its possible and did contribute to why he didn’t get suspended.

        I don’t believe Braun would cheat the game. it could be just wishful thinking on my part.

        I just don’t think its fair to group Braun in with this dink.

      • tommyshih - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:41 AM

        Braun is also a dink.

  16. brenenostler - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Let’s make that a 100-game suspension.

    • pw38 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      I believe the offense should be a full season suspension. Any PED offense should be that. The team should be fined what the players contract value is worth for that year too. If he is unpaid the team shouldn’t just get to keep the money.

  17. unlost1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    All of this blindsided Dempster and all of baseball!

  18. faeridream - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    It’s so completely messed up – guys like this not only destroy the integrity of baseball but DIRECTLY AFFECT their personal stats, their team’s stats, the stats of every player and team they play against, AND the outcome of any game they play in, yet they only get a 50-100 game suspension. Meanwhile, Pete Rose, one of the most dedicated and hard-working players to ever play the game, whose actions can’t be proven to have affected any stats or outcomes, immediately gets banned for life. Guys like Bonds could end up in the Hall of Fame, yet Rose, who EARNED EVERY ONE of his stats and accolades, is banned from that, too?!? Shame on MLB and shame on Bud Selig for making sure it stays that way!

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