Players, ex-Giants trainer testify in Bonds' perjury trial


Players, ex-Giants trainer testify in Bonds' perjury trial

March 29, 2011

Editor's note: Follow all the developments at the trial with Ray Ratto's Twitter feed(@RattoCSN) from the courtroom. We'll have comprehensive analysis on SportsNet Central tonight.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One by one, they walked down the aisle of Courtroom 10 and took a seat on the witness stand for their public day of reckoning.

First Jason Giambi, the 2000 American League MVP. Then his brother Jeremy. And finally Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants teammate.

In the biggest mass confession to steroids use in baseball history, the trio testified Tuesday at Bonds trial. They all said they purchased and used performance-enhancing drugs from Greg Anderson, the trainer who is in jail for his refusal to testify against Bonds.

I understood what it was a steroid, Jeremy Giambi said.

Jason Giambi, now a 40-year-old first baseman for the Colorado Rockies, said he first met Anderson when the trainer accompanied Bonds on the All-Star tour of Japan following the 2002 season just before the onset of drug testing in baseball. Giambi was aware that Anderson worked with Bonds.

By mid-December, Anderson sent testosterone to Giambi along with syringes and vitamins.

Did you understand that to be a steroid? Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey D. Nedrow asked.

Yes, Giambi said.

Bonds is charged with four counts of making false statements to the grand jury and one count of obstruction for denying he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs. He told the grand jury Anderson said he was taking flaxseed oil and arthritic balm, which in reality were designer steroids nicknamed the clear and the cream.

Giambi said Anderson explained how the two designer steroids worked by raising both testosterone and epitestosterone and keeping the ratio roughly the same as naturally occurs, so as not to trip a drug test.

It was very secretive to get your hands on it, Giambi said.

The clear turned out to be Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) and the cream was a testosterone-based substance.

As Jason walked out after 36 minutes of testimony, he went past Jeremy, who was on his way to the witness stand. As Jeremy left a half-hour later, he gave a pat on the back to Benard, who was on the way in.

In the morning, former Giants head athletic trainer Stan Conte said he suggested to general manager Brian Sabean and manager Dusty Baker at spring training in 2000 that Bonds trainers, Anderson and Harvey Shields, should be barred from the Giants training room and clubhouse.

At AT&T Park, Sabean said he wasnt able to comment. Baker, now manager of the Cincinnati Reds, said at spring training, I dont remember it, really.

Draymond's thought on Curry's alley-oop to Durant: 'Not about to work'

Draymond's thought on Curry's alley-oop to Durant: 'Not about to work'

With 9:25 remaining in the third quarter on Monday night, Zaza Pachulia and Pacers forward Paul George engaged a jump ball near the basket the Pacers were shooting at.

Pachulia won the toss by tipping the ball back to Draymond Green, who channeled his inner quarterback by throwing the ball down the court to Steph Curry, who promptly tossed the ball backwards for an alley-oop dunk to Kevin Durant.

Is that one of the coolest places Draymond Green has ever been involved in?

"Yeah, that was amazing," Draymond said on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday. "It was funny because before the tip, I looked at Steph and I just gave him a head nod to the left just to take off. And he just shook his head back, so as I soon as I caught it I was already in motion throwing the ball.

"And when I saw him throw it back I'm like, 'Whoa. That's not about to work.' And my man Durantula caught it and that was incredible.

"For Steph to have the mind to throw that pass back like that and for KD -- it was off center, way to the left -- and for him to catch it and dunk that basketball ... that was an incredible play. I couldn't believe it happened."

Injury report: Joseph out, Latham questionable for Raiders vs Chiefs

Injury report: Joseph out, Latham questionable for Raiders vs Chiefs

The Raiders won't have Karl Joseph when they take on the Chiefs Thursday night in Kansas City.

The team ruled the rookie safety out with a toe injury on Wednesday afternoon.

Defensive tackle Darius Latham was limited in practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable. Fellow defensive lineman Stacy McGee was ruled out for Thursday's game.

Rookie linebacker Shilique Calhoun will not suit up either due to a knee injury.

Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was limited in practice and is listed questionable for Thursday.

Raiders participation report:
Did not practice: LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited practice: LB Cory James (shoulder), DT Darius Latham (ankle), G/T Kelechi Osemele (knee)

Chiefs participation report:
Full participation: OLB Tamba Hali (knee), WR Jeremy Maclin (groin), NT Dontari Poe (back), DE Kendall Reyes (knee), CB Phillip Gaines (knee)