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Albert Pujols sues Jack Clark over PED allegations

Oct 4, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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It’s quite a litigious day around Major League Baseball. First A-Rod, now Albert Pujols:

Former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is suing former Cardinals star Jack Clark over comments Clark made accusing Pujols of using steroids. The suit was filed Friday in St. Louis County.

You’ll recall that Clark accused Pujols of using steroids on Clark’s short-lived radio show back in August. His claim at the time was that Pujols’ trainer, Chris Mihlfeld told Clark about Pujols’ alleged steroid use while Clark and Mihlfeld were both on staff in the late 1990s with the Los Angels Dodgers. Mihfeld denied Clark’s claims about any such conversations and Pujols has vehemently denied steroid use. Clark and his co-host were fired after the incident.

As I’ve explained at length in the past, there is a lot to lose when you sue for defamation, even if you are telling the truth and even if the defendant is lying. As such, many public figures like Pujols let such things pass than to go through the expense and hassle of filing suit.

Pujols, however, obviously feels strongly about this. And if Clark has spread malicious lies about him, it’s completely understandable that he’d sue, even though success is not guaranteed.

  1. bfunk1978 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    The radio station apologized yesterday. Now I guess we know why. I mean sure Albert announced he’d sue, so we knew it was coming, I just thought the timing on this was odd previously.

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/pujols-gets-apology-over-steroid-charges-made-by-jack-clark/article_da83856c-4d73-5965-8cc5-fb7e110bf0c5.html

    • dwrek5 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Really glad he’s not going after the station. They got a good thing going there. Probably helped that they acted immediately with a swift kick out the door.

  2. El Bravo - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I hope you get quoted on this docket as well.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Maybe Craig will become the Rick Rubin of baseball suits.

  3. chiadam - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Sue him for his car collection.

    Oh wait..

  4. bmoreravens1012013 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Ok , winning this case doesn’t prove that A.P. didn’t use steroids so why even bother? For all we know, A.P. couldv paid off the guy that denies he said it to Clark. He’s already on record for denying it so going through it as a witness wouldn’t take much convincing. It’s all “he said she said”, no matter the outcome is my point -so in turn , what’s the point?-

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Good for Pujols. He may be fighting a losing battle, but he’s standing up for himself and trying to make a statement that this sort of irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated.

  6. losanginsight - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Albert is standing up for himself the same way an “innocent” Lance Armstrong did. Albert is the new Arod.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      That’s an absurd comparison.

      The sheer number of allegations against Armstrong, not to mention the specificity of said allegations, were on an ENTIRELY different level going back YEARS.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Yep, if Albert doesn’t sue, it means he did steroids. If he does sue, he means he did steroids. What a wonderful world we live in.

  7. J. Robert Hanson - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Jack Clark is still jealous that Pujols will always be known as the franchise’s best first basemen. Get over it Clark and move on!

    • dcohen22 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Personally, I’d take Johnny Mize.

  8. xmatt0926x - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Albert is in a no-win situation. He’s probably been told he has little chance of any victory, but this is probably all about legacy. Let’s face it. 10 years from now when everyone is talking about Hall of Fame entrance, this is all going to come up like it has for many other ex-players already.

    If he sues, he’s told it’s a waste of time so why bother? If he doesn’t we are going to hear “if he wasn’t guilty of the accusations, why didn’t he sue to clear his name?”

    I think he’s making the correct choice here. At the very least he will be able to say he did everything he could to fight this. For an all-timer, his legacy is as important as anything. A-Rod could go on to hit 900 homers and nobody will have any respect for his numbers. Look at Rafael Palmeiro. 500 HR’s and .300 AVG. and nobody even cares.

  9. historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    So, maybe not the best former players in baseball.

  10. Stiller43 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Dumb.

  11. sw69ca - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    His comments may bite him in the azz if he’s wrong.

  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    How often are cases like this settled before a verdict? I mean, if Pujols wanted to he could settle for a public retraction and apology from Clark, right? Perhaps Pujols is content to know that Clark will lose (financially anyway) even if he (Pujols) can’t really win. I’d bet Pujols, with his shiny new contract, can withstand the costs of litigation longer than Clark can.

  13. jeffa43 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    The way he broke down, we can rule out hgh… He more than likely did roids, hell, Wally Joyner did roids… I played in Jr college in Southern California, 93 & 94.. Half my team was shooting up, 8 were drafted… You would have never guessed… Nice and honest kids who were a parents wet dream.

    Wake up, most did something to get an edge, reality is reality… Roids = $$$$ and a chance to play baseball.

    Yep… Puhols is clean, fat chance dreamers.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      If a player has injury problems, it’s because they did steroids.

      If a player has durability, it’s because they did steroids.

      Thank you for clearing this up.

  14. bbk1000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    As if this changes what people think…….

  15. bendover09 - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    My opinion, if you did not take steroids then you have nothing to worry about & you would laugh off the situation not fuel it with fire. Pujos body has all the evidence of taking steroids.. he is bigger than he is supposed to be. He is getting older so should be losing weight not gaining. After time all steroids does is put pressure on your legs & knees hint why a lot of baseball players have problems bc they’re putting unnecessarily too much stress on there legs

  16. jason9696 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    His contract with the Angels will probably wind up being the worst in the history of baseball.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      possibly rivaled by hamilton’s

  17. doctorrustbelt - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Remember when lance armstrong sued???

  18. 6stn - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Clark knew about Pujols’ alleged steroid use in the late 1990s?

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