• Giambi: “I’m Not Hiding Anything.”

    Posted by on May 18th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    From Bob Nightengale

    New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, saying he’s likely tested for illegal performance-enhancing drugs more often than anyone else, believes Major League Baseball should have apologized years ago for its widespread drug problem.

    “I was wrong for doing that stuff,” Giambi told USA TODAY on Wednesday before playing the Chicago White Sox. “What we should have done a long time ago was stand up — players, ownership, everybody — and said: ‘We made a mistake.’

    “We should have apologized back then and made sure we had a rule in place and gone forward. … Steroids and all of that was a part of history. But it was a topic that everybody wanted to avoid. Nobody wanted to talk about it.”

    He said Wednesday he’s thankful for MLB’s steroid and amphetamine testing program that was revised before last season. MLB does not test for HGH, but Giambi said he does not use the drug, either illegally or with a doctor’s prescription.

    “Unfortunately, (the rumors) are going to be a part of it. But that’s OK. I’m probably tested more than anybody else. I’m not hiding anything,” said Giambi, hitting .273 with five homers this season. “That stuff didn’t help me hit home runs. I don’t care what people say, nothing is going to give you that gift of hitting a baseball.”

    When asked, “So why did you take steroids?” Giambi said: “Maybe one day I’ll talk about it, but not now.”

    If you’re going to make statements like these (which Giambi is making), then you better make sure you don’t test positive…ever…even if it’s by accident. (See: Palmeiro, Rafael.) I hope Jason knows what he’s doing here.

    Comments on Giambi: “I’m Not Hiding Anything.”

    1. baileywalk
      May 18th, 2007 | 11:42 am

      Has Giambi ever been this clear and honest about “what” he was taking? When he made his famous apology, he wouldn’t mention the word steroids. Unless I missed something, I don’t ever remember him flat-out saying “Yes, I did steroids.”

      I believe Giambi is clean. Steroid use caused a brain tumor to grown at the base of his brain. I’m pretty sure that scared the hell out of him. You know, a lot of people talk about Giambi’s scandal and how the Yanks wanted to get rid of him, etc., but it must have been pretty frightening for him when the doc came back in and said, “Jason, we’ve finally found the reason you’ve been so sick — you have a tumor.” Seems like an easy way to scare a ballplayer straight.

    2. Pete
      May 18th, 2007 | 3:07 pm

      I believe he’s clean too – why else would he be hurt so much? ha…

    3. Raf
      May 19th, 2007 | 4:18 pm

      Well, it appears there may be an investigation

    4. Razor
      May 20th, 2007 | 4:37 am

      Please. Unless and until giambi (and baseball) admits specifically both what he took, and how often and fot what products baseball tests(ed) for, this is all self serving bs. i am a lifelong yankee fan and hate that this guy gets a pass when others like bonds and even a-rod get hazed non-stop.

      do we even know what players now do and don’t take and how and what and when they are tested??

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