Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Cabrera of Padres may lead MLB to sports agency
Shortstop's interview may intensify drug probe
USA Today, SBnation.com, and other media outlets today (Aug. 6) are pointing to an interview that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, banned for 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), had with a Nicaraguan journalist, as a reason for Major League Baseball (MLB) to intensify pursuit of a sports agency, ACES.
In a tear-filled news conference Monday, Cabrera provided potentially damaging testimony against ACES, according to USA Today.
Cabrera, a Nicaraguan, told a journalist from his home country that Juan Carlos Nunez "was the one who got it [PEDs] into my head. Juan Nunez represented me when I came to this country." Nunez provided him with the drugs, said Cabrera.
The owners of ACES, Sam and Seth Levinson, say Nunez was a rogue employee -- essentially a consultant -- who provided performance-enhancing drugs from the now-shuttered Florida-based Biogenesis clinic.
Nunez is currently being sued by Major League Baseball for his role in Biogenesis.
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