Sometimes the cover-up is worse than the crime. Melky Cabrera and his agents decided to do something drastic after finding out that MLB would be suspending the Giants' slugger during his career year ( batting .346 at the time of his suspension). In order to pretend that Melky was the victim of a bad supplement purchased off the Internet, they purchased an aged website and proceeded to make it look like a semi-legitimate website that had sold a bad sports supplement to Cabrera. Too bad it didn't work: when MLB investigator Jeff Novitzky looked up the company and the topical cream it was purported to be selling, he soon discovered it didn't exist. The whole website was fake, and MLB soon found out that the scheme had been cooked up by associates of Cabrera. There's a lot of bad guys here worthy of blame:
- Cabrera himself owed up to the crime when it was discovered that he took a banned supplement. In the age of liars like Clemens and Palmeiro, this was refreshing to see a player take responsibility for using a performance enhancing supplement. Now he kind of looks like a clown, and his public admission of guilt was probably motivated by just how damning the evidence was against him.
- An associate named Juan Nunez takes the rap for the crime, who was a hired contractor (not employee) of Cabrera's agents. Which brings us to:
- Cabrera's agents, Sam and Seth Levinson. They've neatly washed their hands of this, even though they either knew it was going on or had an active hand in directing their stooge and fall guy, Juan Nunez. Unless MLB digs further, we may never know the extent of Sam and Seth Levinson's guilt.