With USA Today and one of his team s hometown papers, the New York Post, calling for his immediate firing, the Yankees s multimillion-dollar man, Jason Giambi, may soon face the prospect of never picking up a baseball bat again.
The 2000 American League MVP (when he was still with the Oakland A’s) had signed a seven-year, $120-million contract with the Yanks before the 2002 season, one of the highest paying deals in baseball history.
But as was leaked this week in a story in the San Francisco Chronicle, the athlete admitted to a grand jury last December that he injected himself with human growth hormone in 2003 and used steroids for at least three seasons.
Giambi, 33, was among dozens of elite athletes – including baseball s Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield and track stars Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones – who testified before the tribunal under a promise of limited immunity from prosecution.
The Yankee star s admission to the grand jury contradicted his public proclamations that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Giambi’s agent, Arn Tellem, did not return the Associated Press s calls seeking comment about the growing controversy.
Yankees president Randy Levine tells the news service: “We have met with the commissioner’s office and will continue to work with them to obtain all of the facts in this matter. We have made no decisions and will keep all of our options open.”
The Yankees s owner George Steinbrenner reportedly still owes Giambi $82 million, though it is thought that the team might be able to cancel the deal without the threat of a breach-of-contract suit.