Melky Cabrera hit the High-Testosterone Triple Crown: He cheated, got caught, then he or a collaborator reportedly invented false devices to try to evade punishment.
And were caught at that, too.
So it turns out he's worse than guilty. And he's worse than a deceiver. He's a failed, guilty deceiver.
How can anybody believe anything Cabrera says or does ever again?
To sum up: Cabrera, the All-Star Game MVP, has done just about everything he could to siphon all support in the Giants clubhouse, in the management suite and in the massive fan base.
A lot of that was evident in the hours after Cabrera's 50-game suspension was announced, and the story has only gotten uglier.
According to the New York Daily News, once he tested positive of high levels of testosterone, either Cabrera or one of his associates created a fake website and fake product in order to claim that he'd taken a banned substance only by accident.
These bumbling efforts by the Melky Innocence Project, however interesting, did not merit an absolution.
Of course, this caper actually sounds like the old "change an F to an A on the report card" in digital form -- and probably was just as easy to decipher.
And each new piece of information only hardens the same stark conclusions:
Not deep in the postseason, when his suspension is due to expire (if the Giants get into the playoffs) and not in the winter, when he's a free agent.
I don't think there's movement in the clubhouse to bring Cabrera back, anyway; Cabrera was a great hitter in his short time here, but he wasn't a key emotional cog to this team at all.
He was a short-term mercenary vying for the big payday.
Add that to the deceptions and ... Cabrera's days as a Giant are over.
Unlike Cabrera, Mota has always been a popular clubhouse character, and it sounds like manager Bruce Bochy wants him back in the bullpen.
But what message would the Giants be sending if they activate a two-time PED cheat just weeks after Cabrera was busted and his dissembling was exposed?
On cue, the Daily News reported that federal agent -- and old Barry Bonds nemesis -- Jeff Novitzky is looking into the Cabrera supply chain.
I'm not saying that the Giants are specifically culpable for anything Cabrera did; I believe he lied to them, too, and I believe members of team management are as furious as everybody else.
And I'm not saying a Novitzky investigation will lead to any further revelations involving the Giants or baseball.
But the connection to steroids is there again, and the Giants can't pretend otherwise.
They got 117 games of a juiced Cabrera this season; it was on their watch, the performance and stats are in their books, and it was all promoted lavishly.
So the Giants suffer the consequences, too. It's bad. It's all very, very bad.
One side point for those who have wrongly argued that Cabrera wasn't caught with a steroid because testosterone isn't a steroid: Elevated levels of testosterone is what steroid-use seeks to cause.
That's the endgame for steroid use.
What the testers caught is Cabrera's body giving tells of a synthetic steroid, which raised his testosterone level.
And the Daily News report is especially bad for those who praised Cabrera's forthright admission and apology on the day he was suspended.
It's pretty clear now that Cabrera was only forthright because he had exhausted all fraudulent avenues and had finally come to a point where even he could see that lying was useless.
He has nowhere else to go ... but Cabrera just has to go.