August 21, 2012
So San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera got suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance. That in it itself is not surprising when you consider the past history of Major League Baseball and what has gone on with the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). What makes the Cabrera case even more disgusting are the reports that Cabrera tried to fabricate a website and a fake product to in an attempt to prove that his use of that banned substance was inadvertent. There are a couple of things that come to mind when I look into this case. First off, it’s supposed to be a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug testing. So it doesn’t matter whether your use is accidental or not. If you get caught, you get caught. So unless you’re Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and you can find a loophole to get out of a possible suspension, you’re going down. Secondly, not only do you know you’re getting a 50-game suspension, you make things worse by trying to cover up your mistake and attempting to pull the wool over MLB’s eyes. It’s one thing to get caught cheating. It’s another thing to get caught cheating and then attempt to cover it up. One thing my parents always taught me is if you get in trouble for something, just fess up to it. Lying and trying to cover it up will only make things worse for you in the long run. If I was the MLB brass, I would think about suspending Cabrera for another 50 games for trying to make up a website. That would put him at 100 games he would have to sit out (I want to stress this is the action I would consider taking if all of the reports are proven to be true). One thing that can’t be tolerated is a liar. If you get trouble, be a man and fess up to it. Take responsibility for your actions and learn from them. This is another black-eye for MLB as far as a well known player getting into trouble. Cabrera was the MVP in July’s All-Star Game and was having the best season in his career. He was leading the major leagues in hits. What also compounds this issue is the fact Cabrera was in the middle of a contract year. He will be a free-agent after this season and he was probably on his way to a big payday from the Giants or someone else until he messed up. If this rumor proves to be true, Cabrera deserves to be punished more severely than he already has. I’m not going to say he should be deported out of the country, like ESPN baseball analyst Rick Sutcliffe thinks should happen, but I do think a 100-game suspension or maybe even a year away from the game should be good enough. Like I said, a liar can’t be tolerated. We are all grown adults here. You should be able to take responsibility for your actions and learn from. Cabrera apparently decided to compound his mistakes. So what do you think should happen to Cabrera if these reports are proven true? Let me know.
By Charles Taylor