Playing the Field: Melky Cabrera creates a fake website

This is the photo everyone is using of Melky Cabrera for this PED story. I used it first. Also, it's one of the first solo images on Getty.
DOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES


It was funny that after Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was busted for using synthetic testosterone last week people praised him for coming out and admitting his mistake.

Multiple people wrote on Twitter that at least he didn’t go the Ryan Braun route and try to beat the suspension. Except we know he likely did appeal it, since MLB only announces suspensions after a player has gone through the appeal process. Not a big deal, the MLB Players’ Association makes every player appeal suspensions.

But the New York Daily News published a bombshell on Sunday morning detailing Cabrera’s representatives creating a fake website and fake product to explain why Cabrera failed the test unknowingly. Wow.

His agents reportedly had a flunky pay $10,000 to set up the fake website selling the non-existent tainted supplement. How exactly did these morons think this was going to work? Did they figure MLB wouldn’t investigate the website’s product?

On a side note, who spends $10,000 on a website? Do they not watch GoDaddy ads?

Juan Nunez, Cabrera’s associate who set up the site, has already been thrown under the bus by Cabrera’s agents Seth and Sam Levinson. He was a paid consultant for them, but they apparently had no knowledge of this scheme. Yeah, I believe that about as much as the website selling a non-existent product.

Nunez has already taken the fall like a good flunky, confirming they had no knowledge. And it just so happens that the Levinsons have their alibi already handy.

“Juan Nunez is NOT a salaried employee of ACES [their agency] and does NOT receive the benefits that all ACES employees receive,” Levinson wrote in an email to the News. “Most importantly, any and all calls, texts and emails that he sends come from his own PERSONAL devices (BlackBerry).”

How totally convenient of Levinson to have this situation all set up ahead of time.

The only thing we learned from this whole situation is just how big of a fraud everyone in this case is — Cabrera, Nunez and the Levinsons.

Couldn’t they have hired Saul Goodman? He totally would’ve handled this properly.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He is not a paid consultant of Saul Goodman. But he wishes he was.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek mother of slain 11-year-old on involuntary…

Police are seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old brother two weeks ago on involuntary manslaughter…

Local

Chestnut Hill College student found dead Wednesday morning

A 22-year-0ld Chestnut Hill College student was found dead this morning inside a college dormitory, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

Going Out

Get down and dirty at these neighborhood dives

Philly's got its share of innovative gastropubs and seen-and-be-seen drinking establishments with inventive cocktails served in mason jars. But sometimes we just want a shot…

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.