San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera issued a seemingly very conciliatory and apologetic statement through the players union, which was an appropriate response after being caught cheating with a failed test for testosterone by Major League Baseball.
But that doesn't mean Cabrera and his representatives didn't originally contest or even fight the failed test, which occurred more than a month ago. While Cabrera didn't ultimately take the finding of a failure for testosterone to a hearing, he had to have challenged the findings at first. And for quite some time.
The timing tells you that much.
Cabrera was given credit today in some quarters for being appropriately remorseful with his short remarks. But it isn't like he didn't try to beat the rap. It's obvious he tried, and tried hard.
The evidence apparently was just too strong for Cabrera to take his case all the way to a hearing. There was the failed test, then there was the "B'' sample, confirming the failed test. And it was testosterone, hard stuff.
Whatever excuses or explanations were given, they just didn't add up to a chance to win at a hearing. The players union isn't shy about fighting in a hearing room for players who have any sort of chance or a case through a hearing, and it's done so 13 times, losing 12 straight times before eventually winning the Ryan Braun case this past winter.
The union had no comment when asked about the process, the case of Cabrera, as it never does in these circumstances.
But the time told you he didn't exactly just fall on his sword.
There was plenty of time for explanations and excuses. But eventually all those were exhausted. And Cabrera simply had to face the reality that he had no case to take to a hearing.
So when he sounded fittingly remorseful in his response to the announcement of his 50-game suspension, those weren't anywhere near his first sentiments. Or his second, or even his third.
He did say on Wednesday in his statement issued through the union, "My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I an deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.''
There's no question the statement is a fair and reasonable response. But it took more than a month to get him to say it.