Sport 21 August 2012 San Francisco Giants outfielder concocts most outlandish excuse ever When step one is "spend $10,000 building a fake website", rethink your plan. Print HTML When San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for a banned substance, many thought his career was over. And it probably is; he has received a 50-game suspension, and will struggle to make it back again at the end. But Cabrera had a plan to avoid the suspension. It was crazy, but it just might work… The New York Daily News has the scoop: The scheme began unfolding in July as Cabrera and his representatives scrambled to explain a spike in the former Yankee’s testosterone levels. Cabrera associate Juan Nunez, described by the player’s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, as a “paid consultant” of their firm but not an “employee,” is alleged to have paid $10,000 to acquire the phony website. 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. Needless to say, the plan didn't actually work. MLB’s department of investigations quickly began asking questions about the website and the “product” — Where was the site operating from? Who owned it? What kind of product was it? — and quickly discovered that an existing website had been altered, adding an ad for the product, a topical cream, that didn’t exist. People, Melky is showing us all up. We need to step up our games when it comes to excuses. For instance, I plan on buying a black cab and having a driver on retainer to stage car accidents whenever I'm running late somewhere. It's an investment in the future. › The race to be the next Green Party leader Melky Cabrera makes a diving catch. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe More Related articles Gary Neville's Spanish struggles highlight the problems of restricted football strategy “I don’t dwell on the morbidity of it”: inside the mind of a high-wire walker Our Premier League is the best in the world. So where are all the good players?