Thursday, December 02, 2004

Giambi 'fesses up -- who will be next?

The San Francisco Chronicle reviewed the grand jury testimony of New York Yankee Jason Giambi (in connection with the the federal investigation on the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a.k.a BALCO, a business suspected of distributing designer steroids to elite athletes), and reported that Giambi testified to using steriods. Specifically, Giambi testified that he injected himself with human growth hormone in 2003 and also used steroids (some undetectable) for at least three seasons. Giambi's December 2003 testimony contradicts Giambi's public denials of steroid use.

Others who have admitted using performance-enhancing drugs: fellow Yankee Gary Sheffield (who said he did not know the meds contained steroids - he did not claim to be "holding them for a friend"), Giambi's brother Jeremy (although he went to the minors after using, so "performance-enhancing" might be a stretch) , Lyle Alzado (shortly before his death).

Some believe that use of these drugs should not be illegal. Barry Bonds' position is not known.