Asked whether he gave Bonds steroids, Conte said: "No, I did not." . "I plan to provide evidence in the near future to prove that much of what is written in the book is untrue," Conte told the AP. He declined to list specific inaccuracies or what evidence he would provide, but said, "it's about the character assassination of Barry Bonds and myself."
Commissioner Bud Selig said former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell -- and a director of the Boston Red Sox -- will lead the inquiry.
Earlier Thursday, Victor Conte -- founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative -- was released from a California prison. He spent four months there after pleading guilty to orchestrating an illegal steroids distribution scheme that allegedly involved many high-profile athletes.