Giambi asked to cooperate with Mitchell investigation

NEW YORK (TICKER) —Already caught in a steroid cloud, Jason Giambi soon could be in more trouble.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday that he has asked Giambi to meet with former Senator George Mitchell within the next two weeks regarding Mitchell’s investigation into the use of illegal performance-enhancing substances in baseball.

Giambi told USA Today in May that he was wrong for “doing that stuff” and claimed Major League Baseball should have apologized years ago for its widespread drug problem.

“Any admission regarding the use of illegal performance-enhancing substances, no matter how casual, must be taken seriously,” Selig said. “It is in the best interests of baseball for everyone, including players, to cooperate with Senator Mitchell in his investigation so that Senator Mitchell can provide me with a complete, thorough report.

“Discipline for wrongdoing is important, but it is also important to create an environment so players can feel free to honestly and completely cooperate with this important investigation.”

Selig said discipline will be determined after Giambi has completed activities with Mitchell. Selig then will take into account Giambi’s level of cooperation with the investigation.

There also have been multiple reports that the New York Yankees slugger failed a Major League Baseball-administered amphetamines test in the past year, subjecting him to additional drug testing.

Under baseball’s amphetamines policy, a player who fails a test for the first time is not punished and the information is kept confidential, but he can be tested six additional times within the next year. After a second failed test, the player is suspended for 25 games.

The reported failed test is the latest in a series of embarrassing revelations for Giambi. In 2003, he was one of nine players to testify before a federal grand jury because of his connection to the BALCO steroid controversy.

In 2004, the New York Daily News reported that a mysterious ailment that had plagued Giambi was actually a tumor in his pituitary gland, and that he had not disclosed the information because his treatment included the use of corticosteroids, which breaks down tissue and reduces inflammation.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported in December 2004 that Giambi told a grand jury that he had injected himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 season. Giambi publicly had denied taking performance-enhancing drugs, but his December 11, 2003, testimony contradicted those statements.

According to transcripts of testimony obtained by the Chronicle, Giambi told the grand jury he had used several kinds of steroids obtained from Greg Anderson, the personal trainer of San Francisco Giants superstar Barry Bonds.

That led Giambi to call a news conference in February 2005, in which he apologized but never addressed the reasons for the apology “due to legal issues.” He never has failed a baseball-administered steroids test.


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Updated Wednesday, Jun 6, 2007