Area Resident Named in Mitchell ReportPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Tri-Cities resident Marvin Benard was one of the eighty-six players listed in the Mitchell Report. The 406-page document represents 20 months of investigations conducted by former Senator George Mitchell.
Benard, who lives in the area, was a teammate of Barry Bonds up until 2003.
The report says that Benard trained with Greg Anderson, who provided Benard with several forms of steroids.
From the Mitchell report:
"Having obtained a search warrant for Greg Anderson's residence and vehicle, the agents then confronted Anderson at Bay Area Fitness and informed him of the warrant. Anderson accompanied the agents to his condominium, where the agents executed the search warrant. Anderson initially agreed to speak with the investigators before later concluding that he should no longer cooperate. According to the memorandum of his interview by federal investigators, Anderson said that he began working with players in Major League Baseball around 1997, that Barry Bonds was his first "athlete client," and that he also worked as a trainer with Marvin Benard, Bobby Estalella, Jason Giambi, Armando Rios, Benito Santiago, and Gary Sheffield. Although initially he preferred "not to say who" received steroids from him, Anderson eventually admitted that he had supplied performance enhancing substances to Benard, Estalella, Rios, and Santiago."
The report also states that Benard testified to a grand jury regarding the BALCO case, but that testimony is confidential. Like nearly every player mentioned in the report, Benard did not respond to Mitchell's request for an interview. Attemps by KNDU to reach Benard on Thursday were unsuccessful.