Former New York Yankees baseball player Jason Giambi may be called to testify today at Barry Bonds’s perjury trial in federal court in San Francisco, prosecutors said.
Giambi and Jeremy Giambi are on today’s witness list, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Parrella. Jason Giambi, 40, a first baseman for the Colorado Rockies, may testify that he received steroids from Bonds’s former trainer, along with instructions and a schedule of how to administer them, prosecutors said in court filings. Giambi played for the Yankees from 2002 to 2008 and also played for the Oakland Athletics, where he was the American League’s most valuable player.
Bonds’s ex-mistress, Kimberly Bell, testified yesterday that the slugger told her in 1999 or 2000 that he took steroids and she said Bonds had physical changes in him such as testicle shrinkage.
Bell said she asked Bonds about a lump on his elbow from an injury. They were at her apartment in Mountain View, California.
“He said it was because of steroids,” Bell said. “It looked like that because steroids caused the muscle and tendons to grow faster than the joint could handle.”
“He said he didn’t do it all the time, but he said it helped him recover,” she said. “It helped him recover quicker.”
Bonds, 46, who holds Major League Baseball’s home run record, is accused of lying to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly took steroids given to him by his trainer. He has pleaded not guilty.
Bell planned to write a book and appeared on Fox Television’s “Geraldo” show within two years of her breakup with the former San Francisco Giants outfielder amid publicity about steroids in baseball and Bonds’s grand jury testimony, Bell testified under cross examination by the slugger’s attorney. She denied lawyer Cris Arguedas’s assertion that she planned to include a lot of “humiliating” information in the book so she could make money and “get rich.”
“Maybe the sexual dysfunction would have been one sentence out of a couple of hundred pages,” Bell said. “I wasn’t trying to write a book about steroids.”
She said she wanted to write a book about their relationship and what went wrong and why she didn’t leave him.
The two had a nine-year relationship starting in 1994, during which time Bonds divorced one woman and married another, Bell said. During their relationship, she traveled with him to spring training and moved into a house she bought with about $80,000 he gave her for a down payment. Bonds broke up with her in 2003, telling her by phone to “disappear,” she said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Nedrow asked Bell whether Bonds “seemed different in terms of the testicle and penis area” over the course of their relationship.
“The shape, size of his testicles, smaller, unusual, different shape, and he had some trouble keeping an erection and tried some things to resolve that,” Bell said.
Larry Bowers, a scientist at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, testified last week for the government that sexual changes, hair loss, acne, bloating, anger and aggressiveness are linked to steroid use.
Bell, dressed in a light gray pantsuit and white top, also testified that Bonds became “increasingly aggressive, irritable, very impatient.”
“He would get really angry really easy,” she said. Asked by Nedrow for details, she said Bonds told her “he would cut my head off and leave me in a ditch.”
“He said he would cut out my breast implants because he paid for them,” she said, her voice cracking. Yesterday was the first time she had seen Bonds since they parted ways, she said.
Arguedas asked Bell how many times she had cried during the more than 20 radio interviews and numerous television and newspaper interviews she gave after she went public with her relationship with Bonds, including posing for Playboy in 2007.
On “how many of those radio shows did you cry? None? Any tears?” Arguedas said.
“There were some times when I got emotional,” Bell said.
Arguedas said Bell had help from at least 14 publicists, agents and attorneys. The defense attorney asked about a series of letters sent to Bonds from Bell’s attorney seeking payment for the Arizona house. Bell said Bonds had promised to pay for the house.
“They requested that he take care of his responsibilities with regard to the home,” she said.
Bonds didn’t give her any money for the house, which she later sold in a deal that netted her $111,000, Bell said. There was no money left over after paying off debts related to her home and legal bills, she said. She never wrote the book or earned any money from her plans to write it and is no longer pursuing the book, Bell testified.
Arguedas showed Bell mortgage application documents Bell had signed that said the home in Arizona was to be a second home.
“Do you agree that it’s a false statement,” said Arguedas.
Bell said it was “incorrect” and attributed the entry to the mortgage broker who prepared the document.
Arguedas also said Bell lied when she said some money for her house down payment came from her parents’ savings account. Bell acknowledged that she gave them money that Bonds had given her, and her parents “gifted” the cash back to her.
“That’s what Barry told me to do,” said Bell.
“Did you just lie?” asked Arguedas.
“I’m not a liar, Ms. Arguedas,” Bell replied.
The case is U.S. v. Bonds, 07-00732, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).
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