From the get-go, the 50-game suspension of San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera looked like a basic open-and-shut case: positive drug test equals suspension. But things took a bizarre twist Sunday when the New York Daily News learned of a phony website and a nonexistent product, both created to prove Cabrera mistakenly took the banned substance that cause a positive test.
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.
Cabrera's plan, which according to Daily News sources was set up by associates and his entourage, "unraveled quickly" and obviously failed. Now, Cabrera's cover-up plan is getting attention from federal investigators and MLB.
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