When San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for an elevated testosterone levels, one CNet editor described described how Cabrera’s associates may have created a website to put up a ruse.
Juan Nunez, who was known to be associated with Cabrera, created a $10,000 website advertising a performance-enhancing product. Think of some outrageous product name called uh, “super enhancer” or something that has the typical “as seen on TV” tagline that makes it sound fake. Well, that’s because it is.
How does this play into the “avoid drugs ban” of the headline? Cabrera’s associate was alleged to have created the fake website to prove that the SF Giants outfielder took in the “super enhancer”. Apparently, one member of Cabrera’s camp thought a simple, yet very expensive, website would be an easy path to explaining the results of the test.
Like the results of the drug test, the fake website failed miserably.
From the New York Daily News:
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.”
As for the rest of the Cabera camp, NYDN says that Cabrera’s agents weren’t involved while the rest of the alleged still went ahead in presenting the site. Go figure.