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Howard J. Rubenstein, spokesman for owner George Steinbrenner, said, "The New York Yankees support Commissioner Bud Selig, and beyond that will have no further comment."Selig had been deliberating since May 23, when Giambi met with lawyers from Major League Baseball. Selig will take Giambi's level of cooperation into account. "Any admission regarding the use of illegal performance-enhancing substances, no matter how casual, must be taken seriously," Selig said. "It is in the best interests of baseball for everyone, including players, to cooperate with Senator Mitchell in his investigation. "Discipline for wrongdoing is important, but it is also important to create an environment so players can feel free to honestly and completely cooperate with this important investigation." Mitchell, a former Senate Majority Leader, has been investigating steroids since he was hired by Selig in March 2006. He wouldn't discuss Selig's statement, saying only: "This matter is being handled by the commissioner's office." Giambi told a federal grand jury in December 2003 that he used steroids and human growth hormone, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in December 2004. Before the start of spring training in 2005, the former AL MVP made repeated general apologies at a news conference but never used the word "steroids." Giambi told USA Today in comments published May 18: "I was wrong for doing that stuff. What we should have done a long time ago was stand up -- players, ownership, everybody -- and said: 'We made a mistake.' " According to the union, penalizing Giambi would also be a mistake.
"What are you suspending him for? That's the biggest question right now," Myers said. "What are you going to fine him for? Because he did an interview [with USA Today]? Then players will stop doing interviews and Selig doesn't want that."Pitcher Mike Mussina, the Yankees' player representative, also was critical of the commissioner. "To say either help us or you're suspended? I don't know," Mussina said before New York's 5-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday. "Bud Selig thinks he can do whatever he wants. It's like he is trying to do whatever he can." Asked if he believed MLB was asking Giambi to be a rat, Mussina replied, "This is the first time I have ever heard of it." To other Yankee players, Giambi shouldn't be punished for speaking his mind. "I'm still trying to figure out what he's in trouble for -- freedom of speech?" Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon said. "You can always go back and get someone in trouble for what they did in the past, whether it's stealing a pack of gum or whatever. It smells fishy. I still don't know what he did wrong by talking." As the Mitchell probe enters its 15th month, baseball sources told Olney that they estimate the investigation is costing about $2 million a month -- not including legal fees incurred by individual teams as they have sought representation and guidance for themselves and players. Some estimates put that amount in the range of $70,000 to $100,000 per team. The Associated Press contributed to this report.