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Saturday, March 12, 2005
Updated: March 13, 9:56 PM ET
Attorney told Giambi to stop talking publicly

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jeremy Giambi left Chicago White Sox camp without speaking to reporters Sunday just minutes before he was scheduled to appear at a news conference to discuss steroids.

White Sox spokesman Bob Beghtol said Giambi had been contacted by his attorney and told not to talk publicly about the subject anymore.

Jeremy Giambi

Giambi, who spent six seasons in the major leagues from 1998-03, admitted he used steroids, The Kansas City Star reported Sunday.

"It's something I did," Giambi told the newspaper. "I apologize. I made a mistake. I moved on. I kind of want it in the past."

Giambi, the younger brother of Yankees star Jason Giambi, signed a minor league contract with the White Sox last Tuesday. While he did not specifically say his brother used steroids, Jeremy Giambi noted a news conference his brother had last month in New York during which he apologized profusely, but did not say why he was apologizing.

"If you don't know what he's apologizing for," Jeremy Giambi said, "you must've been in a coma for two years."

Jeremy Giambi declined to be specific about his steroid use. He told the newspaper he wants to come clean about steroids and hopes others will do the same.

White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, a players' union representative, said he wouldn't have a problem playing with Jeremy Giambi as long as he's clean now. But he said the comments could hurt the younger Giambi's career.

"I don't think it's going to do him any good," Buehrle said. "I think everyone is going to look at him as a cheater, especially coming out while he's still playing."

Chicago general manager Ken Williams said he thought Giambi tried to do the right thing.

"Obviously, it was something that he felt he needed to do," Williams said. "The easiest thing I think for everyone to do is to point the finger and say 'cheater' and any other derogatory comment that comes to mind."

Williams said Giambi's comments would not cost him a chance to play in the White Sox organization.

"As long as he is sincere in his thoughts that he has expressed, and as long as there isn't any reoccurrence of the steroid issue .... I don't have a problem with that," Williams said.