SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Melky Cabrera’s fifty game suspension for use of performance enhancing drugs means he could return for some post-season play if the Giants reach the playoffs. John Madden told the KCBS morning crew that shouldn’t happen.

“I would tell him that we don’t need his services anymore,” Madden said. “It doesn’t make any difference, but now (Cabrera) has to get off what helped him, and then he has to stay off for 50 games. And then how are you going to come back at the highest competition? (But) I don’t even think that should be a discussion point.”

Madden said he’s more concerned about how Cabrera’s success before he was caught might affect young athletes than he is about the Giants’ playoff hopes.

“I’m a firm believer that big time athletes are really role models. You see the effect that this is going to have on young people. And I hate that…The problem with steroids is that they work. So you can’t say the only problem Melky Cabrera had was that he got caught. No, that’s not the only problem… The effect that that has on younger people — I know that they’re copy cats.” (8:35)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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