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Melky Cabrera’s agents cleared of wrongdoing by MLBPA

Nov 5, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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Melky Cabrera‘s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the attempted coverup of Melky Cabrera’s positive test for testosterone following an investigation by the MLB players’ association. In other words, the union has apparently agreed with the notion that former ACES consultant Juan Nunez acted alone in the fake website/supplement scam. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has the scoop.

Upon Cabrera’s 50-game suspension, the union launched an investigation into ACES, which provided more than 1,000 pages of emails, phone records, personnel records and other documents, according to the memo. The union also spoke with the Levinsons and other ACES employees, a contractor who handles information technology for ACES and two co-conspirators of Nunez. All current employees were cleared of wrongdoing in the Cabrera case.

ACES’ cooperation into the investigation, as well as its previous compliance with Agent Regulations, worked in the agency’s favor, the sources said.

Also of note, the union will not investigate past allegations from the Mitchell Report or former ACES client Paul Lo Duca which link the Levinsons to performance-enhancing drugs. The union is expected to discipline the agency for how they handled the Nunez situation, but it’s not clear how they will be punished. However, Passan obtained a memo that was distributed to ACES clients which said any sanctions “will not compromise ACES’ ability to represent you in contract negotiations.”

This is a big win for an agency which has lost clients like Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Nyjer Morgan and Everth Cabrera over the past couple of months. While none of their exits were believed to be related to the Cabrera fallout, the Levinsons’ reputation has really been through the wringer from a public relations perspective.

  1. dcfan4life - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Possible steroid use might be the only thing agents dont know from their clients. Agents know everything, they have their own teams of investigators, researchers, and the smart ones ask their clients up front. Only reason they may not know about PED use is because it doesn’t matter in MLB with guaranteed contracts. In sports where contracts can be voided and can cost agents money i promise you, they know.

  2. fuddpucker - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Melky was so close to getting that huge contract. And WOW, he tried EVERYTHING he and his inner circle could possibly think of to get away with being a steroid cheat.

    Still, didn’t anyone notice how his numbers SKYROCKETED? Out of the blue he was on every steroid made by mankind.

  3. fuddpucker - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Oh yeah, Melky still needs to give that stupid glass All-Star bat back to its rightful owners.

  4. jaybird22seven - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    He is finished in the MLB !!!! Have fun in Japan Milky !!!

    • joerymi - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      He screwed himself out of millions, but he will play.

      PEDs or not, there is no way someone doesn’t find a spot for him, especially since his signing price has dropped significantly. If the shell of Bartolo Colon can sign, the former NL MVP front-runner will sign.

  5. skids003 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    His union finds his agents not guilty of any wrong doing. Who would have guessed that.

    Kind of like the AG office finding him not guilty of any wrongdoing with “Fast and Furios.” Amazing how this works.

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