Saturday, August 10, 2013

Albert Pujols plans to take legal action after PED accusations


Los Angeles Angels first basemen Albert Pujols has vowed to take legal action against ex-player and ex-radio host Jack Clark after he said that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs when playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Clark, a four-time All-Star, made the allegations against Pujols on his St. Louis radio show on Friday, citing his source as one of Pujols' former personal trainers, who allegedly told Clark 10 years ago that he injected Pujols with PEDs.

In a statement, Pujols called the allegations "irresponsible and reckless" and that he plans to sue Clark.

The allegations come at a really bad time as Major League Baseball just recently suspended 13 players for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. So, making terrible accusations such as this one is definitely not something that should be taken lightly.

Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, has already came out and denied Clark's allegations.

"I haven't even talked to Jack Clark in close to 10 years," Mihlfeld said in an email to NBCSports. "His statements are simply not true. I have known Albert Pujols since he was 18 years old and he would never use illegal drugs in any way. I would bet my life on it and probably drop dead on the spot if I found out he has. As before once again both Albert and myself have been accused of doing something we didn't do."

Clark made the comments in his first week of co-hosting an afternoon radio show on WGNU 920 AM. The station has since fired Clark for his remarks.

Additionally, Pujols has released a statement.

I've said time and time again that I would never take, or even consider taking, anything illegal. I've been tested hundreds of times throughout my career and never once have I tested positive. It is irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to have falsely accused me of using PED's. My faith in Jesus Christ, and my respect for this game are too important to me. I would never be able to look my wife or kids in the eye if I had done what this man is accusing me of.

I know people are tired of athletes saying they are innocent, asking for the public to believe in them, only to have their sins exposed later down the road. But I am not one of those athletes, and I will not stand to have my name and my family's name, dragged through the mud.

I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU 920AM. I am going to send a message that you cannot act in a reckless manner, like they have, and get away with it. If I have to be the athlete to carry the torch and pave the way for other innocent players to see that you can do something about it, I am proud to be that person. I have five young children and I take being a role model very seriously. The last thing I want is for the fans, and especially the kids out there, to question my reputation and character.

Pujols, 33, is currently on the disabled list with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 99 games before his injury.

Via USA TODAY

9 comments:

  1. Pujols is not a drug cheat. He is though a liar and back stabber.....

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    1. back-up your statement with proof, what did he lie about and who did he stab in the back?.........

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  2. give me a break.....I believe jack clark.....look what puhols WAS doing in st.louis....now they are testing and he is broken down...injured just like nomar, sosa McGwire, they all have weird tendon injuries or injuries non drug users never get......verlander is next....2014 he will be a useless starter just like matt cain and lincecum,,,,

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    1. If Jack Clark had something to say about this then why did he wait to tell it a week after he got his own talk show? It's all a smoke screen to get people to listen to Clark who is a washed up has been! Prove it and people will listen, if it's just accusations without proof move on down the boulevard!!

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  3. Without proof.....it's time to shut up or put up. Jack Clark is a has been and is trying to make a name for himself. If Pujols is dirty tests should prove it, otherwise I'd say Clark and his cohort are liable for the slander they have spewed!!

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    1. Jack Clark may be an asshole, but he has the credentials to back up his words. The guy was a true HR hitter who did it without PEDs. He knows what it takes to put up power numbers and doesn't believe or like what's going on in his profession. He's calling a spade a spade. Sue all you want Pujols, force the truth to come out. There's still a lot of work that needs to be done to clean up this game.

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  4. If Pujols is innocent he should sue for every dime Clark has and if comes back Pujols is dirty Clark should get every dime he has. Prove it or shut up!

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  5. Jack Clark ? hmm? Jack Clark? Oh him!
    Prior to his now former job, what has he been up to lately ?
    Has he been out drinking with Jose Canseco ?

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  6. Unlike these local chicken shit "professional" reporters, Jack Clark has the nuts to speak the truth. He's right on target and someone needs to call these cheats out. Look at the drop in numbers. Look at all the cheats falling off and landing on the DL with weird strains, tears and pulls. Yadier Molina suddenly learns how to hit at the tail end of his career ? StL seems to be a breeding ground for cheats. Ankeil, McGuire,Ryan Franklin, Kent Merker, Fernando Vina to name a few. Pujols is a cheat. His deflated numbers and giant melon head tell the tale. He took the money and now he's afraid to get caught.

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