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May 24, 2007Giambi Meets With Baseball Officials
By JACK CURRY
Jason Giambi met with representatives from the commissioner’s office on Wednesday, less than a week after the Yankees’ designated hitter tacitly admitted to using steroids in an article in USA Today.
Arn Tellem, Giambi’s agent, confirmed that Giambi had been summoned to baseball’s headquarters on Park Avenue in Manhattan. Tellem accompanied Giambi to the meeting along with an associate, Brian O’Neill, and with Michael Weiner, a top lawyer for the players’ association.
Representing Major League Baseball were Rob Manfred, the executive vice president in charge of the leagues’ drug-testing programs; Frank Coonelly, a lawyer for Major League Baseball; and Howard Ganz, an outside counsel.
Weiner said that Major League Baseball had requested the meeting to discuss comments Giambi made in a USA Today article published last Friday.
In those comments, Giambi drew unwanted attention to himself by acknowledging publicly for the first time that he had used steroids.
“I was wrong for doing that stuff,” Giambi told USA Today. “What we should have done a long time ago was stand up- players, ownership, everybody- and said, ‘We made a mistake.’”
In addition to Giambi’s remarks to USA Today, the controversy surrounding him thickened when The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that he had tested positive for amphetamine use within the last year. The News cited unidentified sources. Tellem refused to address the article.
If Giambi indeed tested positive for amphetamines, he would join Barry Bonds as the only two players whose failed tests for amphetamines have been publicized since Major League Baseball’s ban on performance enhancing drugs was instituted before the 2006 season. When a player fails an amphetamine test for the first time, he is not disciplined and his failure is not publicized. A second offense yields a 25-game suspension.
Baseball executives wanted to learn what kind of performance enhancing drugs Giambi used and when he used them. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in December of 2004 that Giambi had told a federal grand jury investigating BALCO, a steroid distribution ring, that he had used steroids and human growth hormone before signing with the Yankees in December of 2001 and while with them in 2002 and 2003.
If Giambi repeated that information on Wednesday, it would reiterate that he had stopped using steroids before baseball instituted a drug testing policy that includes penalties. The testing policy started in 2003, but players were not disciplined for a first offense until 2005. Still, Giambi, 36, would have violated the law of the land because it is illegal to use steroids without a prescription.
Lawyers who had been briefed on discussions between the players association and the commissioner’s office, said they did not think Giambi would end up being seriously punished.
__________________________________________btw, Giambi's "we" crrrrrrap, part of what he thought (i guess) was some sort of stand-up move, is about the weakest thing i've heard in awhile. "we." shuddup awreddy. here's to curt playing him some chin music tonight.