According to the New York Daily News, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and a team of his representatives concocted a plan to avoid a 50 game drug suspension for violating MLB’s Drug Policy. The plan involved paying $10,000 to purchase a fake website in an attempt to fool MLB and the players union.
Reportedly the website would be used to show that Cabrera had ordered a supplement that had been fraudulently spiked with testosterone, and thus causing his positive drug test. “There was a product they said caused this positive,” the source told the Daily News. “Baseball figured out the ruse pretty quickly.”
Under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement, players are afforded an opportunity to prove they ingested a banned substance through no fault of their own, and the website idea was a means to that end.
Jeff Novitzky, a criminal investigative agent for the Food & Drug Administration, and agents from MLB’s Department of Investigation have been involved in an ongoing investigation since the synthetic testosterone sample appeared in Cabrera’s urine sample.
Cabrera has since accepted responsibility for his positive drug test. “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement released Wednesday by the union. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”