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Giambi is the first athlete called to testify in Bonds‘ perjury trial. Giambi testified that he met trainer Greg Anderson after the 2002 season while both were traveling with a U.S. all-star team barnstorming through Japan.
Giambi provided no direct testimony about Bonds. Instead, prosecutors hope to use his testimony _ and that of other players _ to show that Anderson was a well-known steroids dealer. Anderson is in jail for refusing to testify at the trial.
Giambi said he used the steroids until August 2003.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The San Francisco Giants’ former head trainer testified Tuesday that Barry Bonds added significant muscle mass in 1999 and that he recommended the slugger’s personal trainers be banished from the team’s facilities the following year.
Conte said he suggested to general manager Brian Sabean and manager Dusty Baker at spring training in 2000 that Bonds‘ trainers, Greg Anderson and Harvey Shields, should be barred from the Giants training room and clubhouse.
Conte said that Sabean told Conte to evict the trainers himself. Conte testified that Sabean remained silent when he asked the general manager to back him if Bonds complained. Conte testified that he understood from Sabean’s silence that he didn’t have the general manager’s backing and he dropped the subject.
The two witnesses, Barry Sample, chief science officer of Quest Diagnostics, the company that analyzed Bonds‘ urine, and Dale Kennedy, who collected the sample, were necessary to establish that Bonds‘ samples were handled properly and can be used as evidence.
Bonds, the major league record-holder for home runs in a career (762) and a season (73), has pleaded not guilty to four charges that he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstruction.
Tuesday morning’s testimony was far less dramatic than the testimony of Bonds‘ former mistress Monday. Kimberly Bell testified that Bonds told her he used steroids and became verbally abusive toward her at the end of their nine-year relationship.
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