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Jack Clark fired from his talk radio show over Albert Pujols-PED accusation

Aug 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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Boy, that escalated quickly.

News broke yesterday that Jack Clark called out Albert Pujols for PEDs on his radio show. Then, later in the day, Albert Pujols indicated that he would sue Clark. Now Clark and his co-host have been fired. The Post-Dispatch has the statement from the company which employed Clark and his co-host and which, in turn, provided their services to the radio station on which they appeared:

Early Saturday, insideSTL announced it “has terminated its relationship with Jack Clark and Kevin Slaten. As independent contractors, we want to make it clear that the opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions of insideSTL. Also as independent contractors, insideSTL did not have editorial control over the show’s content.’’

Lost in all of this is that Clark and his co-host also talked about Justin Verlander and Shawn Green, using Verlander’s alleged velocity changes over the course of single games and over the years and Green’s back acne as “evidence” that they used PEDs too. Except Clark was dead wrong about Verlander’s velocity — it is virtually unchanged in terms of the patterns in games; he has always increased velocity as the game wore on, contrary to what Clark said — and the back acne thing has been widely debunked by dermatologists as a PED-signifier.

I’d say Clark should have been fired for that speculation alone, but clearly Pujols’ reaction and the publicity that came about as a result yesterday was what cost them their jobs.

And in case you missed it, Pujols’ statement denying PED use was forceful and specific. Much different than what you typically hear from players accused of PED use”

“I’ve said time and time again that I would never take, or even consider taking, anything illegal,’’ Pujols said. “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 PEDs. 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 (920 AM).

“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.”

  1. b453841l - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Why can’t Joe Buck &Tim McCarver accuse Pujols of using steroids?

    • tony34343434 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      jack clark is as crazy as jose canseco! oh yeah everything canseco said was true!!!!

      • cohnjusack - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Jose Canseco has said an astoundingly large number of things that we not true. From his claim to never being thrown out at home, to Roger Clemens never doing steroids, to saying him running his wife off the road was just a big misundertanding…yeah, he’s not the most truthful guy out there.

        Just because he told the truth largely about steroids doesn’t make him some beacon of truthfullness.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        jack clark is as crazy as jose canseco! oh yeah everything canseco said was true!!!!

        There’s a huge difference between trusting someone who injected steroids into people, or hooked people up with a dealer to get injected, and someone who spouts of third hand knowledge of PED use.

      • sabatimus - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        I remember when Jack Clark was making millions, and then filed for bankruptcy because he kept buying expensive cars over and over again.

    • illbringdabeers - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Joe Buck is the worst. I hate him

  2. onbucky96 - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Whatever. Alberta is from the D.R., guys histotically have lied about their age from the D.R. Nice to see Alberta threaten to sue, that worked well for Lance Armstrong. Sorry Cardinals appoligizers, I’m not buying today.

    • jarathen - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      You really put him in his place by using the feminine form of his name.

    • 1historian - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      spell much?

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        You want trivia about suing? Liberace sued an English paper for calling him an homosexual and won.
        Just let everyone use PEDS and steroids and forget the whole thing!

    • Bryz - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Alberta’s in Canada, by the way.

      Yes, I knew your original intentions from the beginning, I just felt that you needed the geography lesson anyway.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Pujols moved to the US as a high schooler and was not a baseball prospect at the time. In other words, his family had zero incentive to lie about his age.

      That said, while you can believe anything you wish, your childish personal animosity toward Pujols combined with your apparent ethnic prejudice make it impossible for me to pay any respect to your opinion.

      • paperlions - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        In addition, Pujols is now a US citizen. Going through that process involves plenty of ID verification.

        I admit though, I appreciate when people say things like this. It is the same as them announcing, “I’m an ignorant ass that hasn’t bothered to educate myself about the topics at hand and my opinion is completely baseless. Please ignore me.”

      • jwbiii - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Actually, Pujols’ family had tremendous incentive not to lie about his age. Lying on immigration forms will lead to your to your visa being denied if it discovered immediately. If it discovered later, there is no statute of limitations and you can be deported.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      He hit all the classic 6 points made by other PED-denyers:

      Would never have done PED’s because:
      1. Respect for the Game
      2. Love for Jesus
      3. Love for Family
      4. Would never put illegal stuff in my body
      5. Been tested repeatedly
      6. I’m going to sue my false accusers (lawsuits normally never appear)

      • raysfan1 - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Yes, guilty athletes have used every one of those tactics to lie about their use. However, explain exactly what an innocent athlete is supposed to do or say?

      • jdillydawg - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        An innocent guy could have ignored him just as easily. Seriously, why draw attention to yourself whether you’re innocent or guilty. That’s just dumb. Now everybody’s wondering about Pujols.

        Other than the 7 people who listened to Jack’s show, who would have ever known differently?

      • raysfan1 - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        I’ll grant you he could have kept silent. However, Clark’s accusations were all over the net and cable sports networks, so the attention was coming his way yesterday whether he wanted it or not. He responded in anger, but anger conveys neither guilt nor innocence.

        So now I’ll answer my own question–an innocent person cannot prove his innocence either by speaking out nor by remaining silent. On the other hand, he should not have to prove his innocence. Anyone who wants to accuse an athlete of cheating should be prepared to prove the assertion or keep their mouths shut.

  3. Gordon - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    They got knocked the f*** out!

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Pujols wouldn’t really be paving the way on this. Lance Armstrong already sued people who were accusing him without hard evidence. Successfully.

    • forsch31 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Except Pujols would have those negative tests from MLB backing him up. Which is far more hard evidence than Clark has.

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        like there aren’t plenty of masking agents out there that all these guys like him aren’t taking. the dude blew up like Bary Bonds, plus he seems like an a hole

  5. jarathen - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    There’s a comma in Pujols’ statement where there shouldn’t be one. Or he could have used another one and gotten away with it. But not just the one.

    • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Bad grammar? GASP!

      That must prove he’s on PEDs.

      /sarcasm

  6. psunick - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Sounds a lot to me like Ryan Braun, 2012

    • yahmule - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Yeah, except for the failed test.

  7. greymares - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    So they got fired for talking about things they knew nothing about. Wow that means that W.I.P. in Philly should fire Cataldi, Gargano and McNow

    • jdillydawg - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Now that’s pretty funny. It’s like they take their journalism seriously or something. Who the Hell does that anymore?

  8. nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    It’s simple: if you are full of shit and open your pie-hole and say things like this, you should lose your job. Too bad we couldn’t call out our politicians the same way.

  9. jjohnb5393 - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Find one instance where pure second party hearsay has convicted someone in court ….here, we have no positive test ever, no Mitchell report mention, no biogenesis ….and accuse based on hearsay??? I say benefit of doubt goes to Albert…..especially since he has been a big dude forever….unlike admitted users who blew up late in career

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      He did grow. Kind of like Arod. That’s how it started with Canseco, he made the claims and everybody blew him off. Then the Mitchell report and Bigenesis, now it’s like a witch hunt.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        It’s been a witch hunt since newspaper sportswriters got on the kick in the ’90s, and went full-blown when MLB hired George Mitchell to put a cap on it, and he let federal investigators run wild.

        Selig may think this Biogenesis action will end it all, but the sportwriters just can’t let go – it’ll continue until MLB gives up and legalizes everything that can be obtained legally. Let the writers make their wild accusations, and have stat wonks pore over stats to demonstrate the writers are making assumptions with no evidence, like certain radio talk show “personalities”.

  10. mybrunoblog - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I’m resonably sure Pujols has been a clean player. Now imagine for a moment that I am wrong and 3 years from now evidence is discovered that Pujols used PEDs. Pujols then mans up and admits it. We all gasp and the game takes another black eye.
    If this happened would Pujols apologize to Clark? Would Clark threaten to sue Pujols? Would Clark get his job back?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      If you want to spend the next 1000 days of your life pondering these questions, go right ahead. I prefer to not live my life as if every athlete possesses sinister secrets that must be exposed.

      • Just a Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Thank you….stop telling me everything about them. They play a game , not run the country. You want to be self-righteous? Then call out all the damn politicians and Big Oil companies, the real cheaters.

    • paperlions - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      If Clark has any evidence that what he is saying is true, he would still have a job….but he doesn’t, so he doesn’t.

      Even if Clark is telling the truth, saying it like he did, in that format, is just asking for trouble if you don’t have any evidence of it.

      ….and considering Clark’s long long history of being both a liar and an asshat, Clark gets no benefit of the doubt.

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        I don’t think he would just put that out there without being reasonably sure. He does work in St. Louis.

      • paperlions - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        …and everyone is StL can’t stand him already. It isn’t like he isn’t a giant asshole.

    • jdillydawg - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      More importantly, would a tree make a sound if it fell in a forest and no one heard it?

  11. barkleyblows - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    The sad part is this guy is probably right.

    • forsch31 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      The sad part is that you really don’t know Jack Clark’s history with misusing his mouth.

  12. hushbrother - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    If Pujols is successful and wins a lawsuit against Clark, how will Clark afford three more Lambourghinis?

  13. craftedinc - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    If people should all be fired for saying things they don’t really know then you might as well fire the whole government. Seriously the only reason and I mean only reason is AP threatened to sue the station. Really came down to pretty much everything else in this world…. Wait for it… Money!

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      He talked for a living – so yeah – he can get fired for his words. If you make baseless defamatory accusations on the air you can get fired. Simple.

      In no way does that equal ‘people should all be fired for saying things they don’t really know’ which is a ridiculous argument under these circumstances.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        “You remind me of an obnoxious stupid kid I broke the same 2 fingers on 2 different times. But at least he earned my respect by having the courage to stand there and take his beating.”

        - Internet Tough guy Unclemosegreen
        BUAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        What a massive tool

      • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Give it a rest, dude. You are starting to make dirtyharry look like a rational poster.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        it’s an alt of babyfarkmcgeezax – who lives to troll Craig and natslady and myself. Because – you know … home problems … actually – fucked if I know. Don’t really care anymore though.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        He has an irrational hatred of actual baseball fans is what I’ve deduced so far. So of course he comes here – a baseball blog.

  14. michaeljacksonisback - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    All us cards fans know Poopholes was a juicer

    • jarathen - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      And yet no one said anything about those World Series championships. Weird how it’s such common knowledge now…

    • spudchukar - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Hey, Moron you do not speak for me.

  15. reeggss - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    if you cards fans are so sure pujols is a juicer then why did you wait until he is an angel to share this concrete evidance?

    • jdillydawg - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      This is kind of a silly question. You don’t poison the well while you’re still drinking from it.

  16. dwrek5 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    So has Slaten been fired from every sports station in STL? Please leave town already!!!

  17. kcrobert10 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Ill say it again I don’t belive Albert is on peds. Show me evidence. Good for the radio station to fire someone trying to ruin people with no evidence to prove it. Wish there were more news outlets who did things like this.

    • jarathen - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      His career arc is less suspect than what we normally associate with PED use anyways. Yes, he was otherworldly for ten years, but he’s falling off exactly when he is supposed to.

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Not quite. It’s been sudden like aroid.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        A-Rod wasn’t sudden. He had a steep decline, but it was a fairly steady one. His rate stats started falling off around the same time his health did, and it’s been a fairly smooth downhill trend since his ’07 MVP.

  18. Bob Loblaw - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    The athlete said it so it must be true. Geeze. What a bunch of wimps must be running insideSTL radio. They could have waited for Pujols to actually do what he claims he is going to do and sue Clark, but instead, they fired the guy. Good luck getting anyone with any talent at all to replace Clark. I know I wouldn’t want to work somewhere with such spineless bosses who are going to fire me at the first sign of adversity. What’s next? Maybe after a game where he strikes out 4 times, and the host says “Albert Pujols really sucked last night” is he going to threaten to sue them for hurting his feelings and they will fire the guy? Wussies. I could understand if Clark apologized or if Pujols really did file a lawsuit. But neither has happened and they fire the guy?

    $10 says Pujols is all bluster. Didn’t Bonds also threaten to sue at one time? And like a previous poster wrote, Armstrong not only sued, but WON his lawsuits. Doesn’t mean jack schitt.

    • jarathen - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Jack Clark was out of line. And then he got fired. Makes sense to me.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        he was “out of line” Really? I’m not saying he wasn’t, but how do you or anyone else know that he was “out of line”? The point is that it is absurd to just take Pujols word for this. Like I said, if Pujols sued and won…or if Clark came out an apologized for what he said, THEN you might have a cause to fire the guy. Firing a guy at the first threat of a lawsuit makes them a bunch of wussies in my opinion.

        ps Guys are out of line all the time and aren’t just fired(or cut)…see Cooper, Riley.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        he was “out of line” Really? I’m not saying he wasn’t, but how do you or anyone else know that he was “out of line”? The point is that it is absurd to just take Pujols word for this.

        Clark made a statement about Pujols using Pujols’ trainer as corroboration. Pujols’ trainer said Clark is full of shit. It doesn’t matter what Pujols said. When Clark’s corroboration says Clark is lying, it’s over.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Good point church. I guess the next move is for Clark to sue the trainer. Of course it all comes down to he said he said. But when it is 2 against 1 then I guess Pujols will win but after all this bluster, he better sue. Don’t be one of those guys who threatens it and doesn’t do it. But yeah, you make a good point about the trainer.

      • forsch31 - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        On what grounds should Clark sue the trainer? Clark didn’t interview or get him on record before going on the air with his accusations. He simply used him as is source based on conversations he had more than a decade ago.

        Here’s the thing…if Clark honestly knew that Pujols was taking steroids as far back as 2000, then why did he wait 13 years to make this accusation until the first week of his own radio show? You get three guesses, and the first two don’t count.

        Clark was a radio host, presented his statements as fact, and did it several times over the past week, and thus made himself and his station liable for a slander suit.

      • jdillydawg - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        You know, maybe Clark just got fired because his show sucked and management got a reason to pull to the trigger. Seriously, if he had been pulling ratings, I’m pretty sure he’d still have a job (maybe temporarily suspended, but technically, still employed).

  19. chiadam - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Pujols should sue Clark for every last bit of Clark’s $158.74 net worth.

  20. spudchukar - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    What kind of insane logic follows the notion that if one person lies, then all people lie, and if one successful ball player uses PEDs then all players do?

    There is a good reason the “innocent until proven guilty” principle is championed in law. It is a good idea, and protects people from mass universal judgment, which is a pretty good definition of discrimination. A person can be skeptical without prejudgment. I for one choose to believe Pujols’ word until I see legitimate evidence that suggests otherwise.

    • misterj167 - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      There’s no logic, seems to me that some people just hate ball players, and other people just want attention.

  21. theskinsman - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Why accuse Albert,when Jeter would be a target that would ignite every sports blog for months? I mean, Albert didn’t snap a leg for no apparent reason,did he? And just think of the hissy fit Craig would throw,if he’s polishing Arod’s shoes,just think of his reaction to any question about his Captain.

  22. weaselpuppy - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    As completely stupid as it is to accuse Pujols in STL with some secondhand hearsay ( which Clark, in his monumental stupidity called “firsthand”), it’s an even greater height of stupidity to try and say Verlander has done them based on three or four incorrect, sloppily presented and unconnected data points, the logic of which strains credulity and coherence even for a brain damaged troglodyte as Clark….

    I hope JV sues him as well and he ends up living in a van down by the river, giving hummers for crack and ramen noodles…

  23. jaysfan64 - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    He’s looking old, huh?

    I remember this guy very well..he was driven out of several clubhouses (SF, SD, STL, NYY if I remember right) cause he was not the nicest guy around…started pissing matches with Tony Gwynn, Joe Carter(!), Ozzie Smith, and others

    Wouldn’t it be something if he was right? Although you can be a dirtbag and right at the same time, I guess…

  24. mfinneran - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Truth hurt’s.

  25. 3 Finger Lenny - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Jav

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