Further evidence that last week’s flurry of press releases from the Bonds prosecutors was more flash than substance:
Jason Giambi told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he didn’t know whether Barry Bonds was taking banned substances and that he never gained any information about the home run king’s alleged drug regimen from his contacts at BALCO.
Giambi admitted he had been taking the powerful steroid Deca-Durabolin before he met Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, after the 2002 season and also told the grand jury that Anderson gave him testosterone and human-growth hormone in addition to the two non-detectable substances produced by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the Clear and the Cream. But he never testified to anything that would connect his steroid use to Bonds.
Giambi’s name was leaked as a witness because the feds knew it would get headlines. His testimony, however, is largely irrelevant, and if it is not struck as such it will, at the very least, provide little help in moving the prosecution’s ball forward. Any wonder why the government is putting the full court press on Anderson and his family in order to get him to testify?
But don’t take my word for it. Click through to Jonathan Littman’s article to read about many of the problems the prosecution has with its case.