Report: Giants' Cabrera concocted fake website scheme
This July 14, 2012 file photo shows San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera swinging for an RBI single off Houston Astros' Lucas Harrell in the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. (AP / Ben Margot, File)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, August 19, 2012 3:07PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 19, 2012 3:09PM EDT
NEW YORK -- A newspaper is reporting San Francisco Giants All-Star Melky Cabrera tried to avoid a 50-game drug suspension by creating a fake website and product to support his claim that he inadvertently took the illegal substance.
The New York Daily News reported Sunday that Major League Baseball investigators quickly uncovered the scheme during the fact-finding phase of the case in July. The incident has drawn the attention of federal investigators. Cabrera was suspended Wednesday.
In their search for the source of the drug that caused elevated levels of testosterone in Cabrera's sample, investigators are looking into Juan Nunez, who is alleged to have paid for the website. Nunez is a consultant for Cabrera's agents, Sam and Seth Levinson.
Nunez told the newspaper the Levinsons had no knowledge of the website scheme.