08/22/2012 11:44 pm ET Updated Oct 22, 2012

Melky Cabrera Suspension: A Brief History Of Doping Scandals

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch.

By Lance Williams

Confronted with a positive steroid test, Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera employed a fake website and a phony cover story to deflect the consequences, the New York Daily News has reported. Major League Baseball found him out, and Cabrera was suspended for 50 games.

Cabrera's ruse may have been distinctly elaborate. But over the years, elite athletes facing doping bans have come up with a long list of defenses - unusual, dubious and even preposterous. Here, from court records and interviews, are some remarkable ones.

Craziest Doping Scandals

Lance Williams is an investigative reporter for California Watch, a project of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting. Find more California Watch stories here.