12/11/2003 7:42 PM ET
More athletes testify in BALCO case
SAN FRANCISCO -- New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi and Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins were among the latest athletes to testify before a grand jury Thursday in an investigation of a nutritional supplements lab.
Also appearing was Jeremy Giambi, the younger brother of Jason. Jeremy played for the Boston Red Sox last season and is now a free agent.
"It went good," Jason said, as they left the grand jury room. "I can't really talk about it."
The Giambi brothers were accompanied by agent Arn Tellem.
Robbins was one of four Raiders notified by the NFL last month that they failed tests for THG, a source close to the investigation has told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The steroid was undetectable in drug tests until this summer.
Robbins, who has been diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder and alcoholism, disappeared from the team on the eve of the Raiders' 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl last season.
Robbins did not comment after his grand jury appearance.
Athletes from four sports -- football, baseball, swimming, and track and field -- have appeared before the grand jury. The group includes baseball's Barry Bonds; track star Marion Jones and her boyfriend, 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery; six NFL players; and Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken.
An appearance before the grand jury, or being subpoenaed to testify, does not mean an athlete is a target of the investigation -- which is focusing on possible drug and tax violations by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.
The only two people identified so far as targets of the federal grand jury are BALCO founder Victor Conte and Greg Anderson, a personal trainer for Bonds and other athletes.
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