SAN FRANCISCO - New York Yankees (news) slugger Jason Giambi injected himself with human growth hormone in 2003 and also used steroids for at least three seasons, according to his grand jury testimony reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The testimony given in December 2003 to the federal grand jury investigating BALCO contradicts Giambi's public proclamations that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
Giambi described how he injected human growth hormone in his stomach, testosterone into his buttocks, rubbed an undetectable steroid knows as "the cream" on his body and placed drops of another, called "the clear," under his tongue, the Chronicle reported on its Web site Wednesday night.
Giambi testified that he obtained several different steroids from Barry Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who is one of four men indicted by the grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. He said he got the human growth hormone from a gym in Las Vegas.
Anderson's attorney, Tony Serra, declined comment to the Chronicle, citing a court order.
Is Barry Bond's far behind? What should be the consequences for these players actions? Will they be suspended, fined! Should their contracts be nullfied? I say so. You don't get a hundred and twenty million dollar contract for hitting singles and doubles. There's a talk show host named Jim Rome who jokingly says "if you're not cheating, you're not trying." Well I guess he tried a little too hard. Will there be major backlash to the sport, that has shown an increase in popularity again in recent years? Or will the fans not care. The rumors have been flying since 1994, when hitters like Raphael Palmero who from 1986 to1992 hit a combined 95 hr's. Then from 93' till 04' averaged 38 hr's the rest of his career. We aren't' saying Mr. Palmero is a steroid user, but certainly the amount of HR's that increased throughout the league after that season has been a cause of major debate for some time.
Both Giambis testified that they had already used steroids before they met Anderson or heard of BALCO, and they said they were drawn to the trainer because of Bonds' success.
Bonds has denied using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.