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Yanks admit removing 'steroids' from contract

 

 

The New York Yankees have acknowledged they removed the word "steroids" from Jason Giambi's contract during negotiations in 2001, just a few days after adamantly denying any prior knowledge of any steroid use by Giambi.

 

According to a report in USA Today, the Yankees removed the word, not because they thought Giambi was using steroids, but because they felt they were protected by broader language regarding drugs.

 

Team officials say the contract banned Giambi from using "illegal drugs" or involvement in "chemical use and dependency."

 

Yankees president Randy Levine said in a statement that no one with the team was aware of any steroid use by Giambi. He added, "We believe there are provisions in the contract that would protect the Yankees' rights."

 

The New York Times initially broke the story last Friday. According to the report, a source familiar with the negotiations said the Yankees acquiesced to a request by Giambi that all references to steroids be removed from the guarantee language routinely included in contracts.

 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman reacted strongly to the report, going on an ESPN radio show to deny the team had any knowledge of any steroid use by Giambi.

 

"First and foremost, I can honestly tell you the Yankees had no knowledge that there was steroid use with Jason Giambi whatsoever," Cashman said. "Common sense would rule the day if we did feel that way, then clearly we would have steered away and protected ourselves in the strongest way from the contract. The money that was being invested was so large."

 

One day earlier, Giambi had appeared before the media for the first time since the San Francisco Chronicle reported he had admitted using steroids during his grand jury investigation in the BALCO investigation. During that appearance, Giambi apologized for his behavior, but declined to say exactly what it was he was apologizing for.

 

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Yanks admit removing 'steroids' from contract

 

 

The New York Yankees have acknowledged they removed the word "steroids" from Jason Giambi's contract during negotiations in 2001, just a few days after adamantly denying any prior knowledge of any steroid use by Giambi.

 

According to a report in USA Today, the Yankees removed the word, not because they thought Giambi was using steroids, but because they felt they were protected by broader language regarding drugs.

 

Team officials say the contract banned Giambi from using "illegal drugs" or involvement in "chemical use and dependency."

 

Yankees president Randy Levine said in a statement that no one with the team was aware of any steroid use by Giambi. He added, "We believe there are provisions in the contract that would protect the Yankees' rights."

 

The New York Times initially broke the story last Friday. According to the report, a source familiar with the negotiations said the Yankees acquiesced to a request by Giambi that all references to steroids be removed from the guarantee language routinely included in contracts.

 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman reacted strongly to the report, going on an ESPN radio show to deny the team had any knowledge of any steroid use by Giambi.

 

"First and foremost, I can honestly tell you the Yankees had no knowledge that there was steroid use with Jason Giambi whatsoever," Cashman said. "Common sense would rule the day if we did feel that way, then clearly we would have steered away and protected ourselves in the strongest way from the contract. The money that was being invested was so large."

 

One day earlier, Giambi had appeared before the media for the first time since the San Francisco Chronicle reported he had admitted using steroids during his grand jury investigation in the BALCO investigation. During that appearance, Giambi apologized for his behavior, but declined to say exactly what it was he was apologizing for.

 

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When this was signed, find me a contract that explicitly states "steroid use" as a voidable offense. Steve Phillips was on ESPNews yesterday, and he said that at the time, not only was steroid use an afterthought, but it was so negligible (not to mention, allowed by the MLB) that it was fealt that it was covered by the blanket "drug use" policy.

 

This is really becoming a witch hunt.

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When this was signed, find me a contract that explicitly states "steroid use" as a voidable offense. Steve Phillips was on ESPNews yesterday, and he said that at the time, not only was steroid use an afterthought, but it was so negligible (not to mention, allowed by the MLB) that it was fealt that it was covered by the blanket "drug use" policy.

 

This is really becoming a witch hunt.

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