Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants might be having the worst week ever.
First the Giants outfielder received a 50-game suspension after a positive test for PEDs, then it was discovered that Cabrera attempted to further beat the system by scamming Major League Baseball.
According to the New York Daily News, here's exactly what Cabrera did:
"In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that caused a positive test under Major League Baseball's drug program."
The outcome of Melky's bizarre attempt to once again cheat failed miserably, per the same report from the New York Daily News.
"But instead of exonerating Cabrera of steroid use, the Internet stunt trapped him in a web of lies. Amid the information-gathering phase of his doping case last month, his cover story unraveled quickly, and what might have been a simple suspension has attracted further attention from federal investigators and MLB, the Daily News has learned."
Putting aside a possible federal investigation for the time being, let's just focus on the baseball side of this.
Cabrera's behavior is totally unacceptable, plain and simple. In an ongoing era where cheating has become a common word, you can't allow players to not only cheat the game, but cheat the system that tries to keep the game clean.
The cover up is almost always worse than the crime. In this case, that holds true. You can't sugarcoat what Cabrera has done. His cover up is unprecedented in every sense of the word and an example must be made of him immediately.
A 50-game suspension simply won't do for the 28-year-old. Sure, his absence from the Giants lineup is damaging enough and contract negotiations should be a nightmare, but Cabrera will be back on the field come next season before any of us can say "performance-enhancing drugs."
It seems absolutely necessary to me that Cabrera should have his suspension at least doubled to 100 games. If I were commissioner, I might even be inclined to suspend him for the entirety of the 2013 season.
But that's just me.
No matter what, a 50-game suspension just isn't enough. It is the length of time that every player gets when they test positive. But no player that has tested positive has done what Cabrera did. Ever.
Major League Baseball must show actions like Cabrera's will never be tolerated and furthermore, the MLB must make it abundantly clear that it'll never even be worth attempting.