Giambi subpoenaed

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2003

MIAMI (AP) New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi is among the players subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating a company that prescribes nutritional supplements for elite athletes.

Giambi, in Miami for Game 3 of the World Series against the Marlins, said he didn't know much about the investigation into Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO.

''I really don't know what it's about,'' Giambi said Monday. ''I'm not worried about it. I didn't do anything wrong. As much as has been printed, I don't even know if that's accurate.''

He added: ''I know BALCO but I really don't know much about it.''

BALCO, whose clients include San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds and Oakland Raiders' Bill Roman-owski, was raided last month by agents of the Internal Revenue Service and a San Mateo County narcotics task force. Also raided was the home of Greg Anderson, a personal trainer for Bonds.

Authorities have refused to discuss the case, and the focus of the grand jury is unclear. Officials with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, however, have said a coach sent them a syringe containing a steroid that he said he got from BALCO founder Victor Conte.

Conte told The Associated Press in an e-mail that about 40 athletes have been subpoenaed. He also said he was not the source of the substance in the syringe, a steroid called tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG.

BALCO analyzes blood and urine samples from athletes, and then prescribes supplements to compensate for deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

Although many of BALCO's star clients have not commented, the agent for U.S. shot put champion Kevin Toth told the AP that Toth had been subpoenaed. And sprinter Kelli White told the San Francisco Chronicle that she too was called to the grand jury.

Testimony before the panel is expected to begin this week.

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