March 29, 2011
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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.