Skip to content

Albert Pujols sues Jack Clark over PED allegations

Oct 4, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

clark, pujols getty Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Carlos Gonzalez may miss the start of spring training

    Aug 20, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    carlos gonzalez rockies getty Getty Images

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez underwent season-ending knee surgery Monday and now there’s some doubt whether he’ll be fully recovered for the beginning of spring training.

  2. Hector Sanchez suffers second concussion while rehabbing from first concussion

    Aug 20, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Hector Sanchez AP

    Sanchez’s rehab assignment was previously put on hold when he took a foul ball off the mask two weeks ago and that same thing happened Saturday at Triple-A.

  3. Jim Henderson undergoes shoulder “clean up” surgery

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Henderson Getty Getty Images

    Milwaukee had already shut down Jim Henderson for the season with shoulder problems and now the Brewers announced that the 31-year-old reliever will undergo a “clean up” surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff.

  4. Elbow soreness puts Zack Greinke’s next start in doubt

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    Zack Greinke skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session because of elbow soreness and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to say whether he expected the right-hander to take his next turn in the rotation Thursday against the Padres.

  5. Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen do the ice bucket challenge

    Aug 20, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

    Ice Bucket

    In addition to raising awareness of a good cause, Jeter’s challenge raised awareness of CC Sabathia’s actual existence.

  6. A.J. Burnett says he’ll probably retire after this year

    Aug 20, 2014, 9:12 AM EDT

    AJ Burnett AJ Burnett

    And if he does, he’ll leave $12.75 million on the table.

  7. Curt Schilling reveals that he was diagnosed with mouth cancer, blames smokeless tobacco

    Aug 20, 2014, 8:43 AM EDT

    Schilling

    Another star player reminds us of the dangers of smokeless tobacco use.

  8. Clown shoes in Chicago: the Cubs grounds crew couldn’t get the tarp on the field

    Aug 20, 2014, 7:19 AM EDT

    Wrigley Tarp Getty Images

    And the Giants — in a playoff race — aren’t happy that they lost a shortened game as a result.

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 20, 2014, 6:54 AM EDT

    Bases loaded walk AP

    A bases-loaded walk helped the Tigers win a game. A walkoff plunking gave the Cardinals the win. And the crew in Chicago couldn’t get a tarp on the field. Can anyone around here play this game anymore?

  10. Jacob deGrom to return to Mets’ rotation Saturday

    Aug 19, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    jacob degrom getty Getty Images

    Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday in Oakland without experiencing any discomfort in his shoulder and has been cleared to return to the starting rotation Saturday night against the Dodgers.

  11. Nationals rout Diamondbacks for eighth straight win

    Aug 19, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

    stephen strasburg getty Getty Images

    The Nationals are the hottest team in the majors. Stephen Strasburg yielded just three hits over eight inning of one-run ball and shortstop Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with four RBI in an 8-1 stomping of the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

  12. Orioles demote Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen

    Aug 19, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

    ubaldo jimenez getty Getty Images

    The Orioles’ four-year, $50 million deal with starter Ubaldo Jimenez is already looking like a disaster. Jimenez registered a 4.83 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over his first 20 outings this season and now MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli reports that the right-hander has been demoted to the bullpen for the stretch run.

  13. Tony La Russa denies that Kirk Gibson’s job is safe

    Aug 19, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

    kirk gibson getty Getty Images

    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Tuesday morning that the Diamondbacks “currently plan to bring back” manager Kirk Gibson next season. But the club’s new chief baseball officer — Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa — is now denying that anything has been decided on the Gibson front.

  14. Padres option Jesse Hahn to Double-A as part of designed plan to limit his innings total

    Aug 19, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT

    jesse hahn getty Getty Images

    Jesse Hahn has been optioned to the minor leagues as part of a planned-out strategy to limit the rookie’s innings total in 2014.

  15. Yadier Molina hopes to resume swinging this week

    Aug 19, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty Getty Images

    Great news here for the second-place Cardinals. Injured catcher Yadier Molina told Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest on Tuesday afternoon that he is hoping to be cleared to begin swinging a bat on Wednesday or Thursday.

  16. Kris Bryant doubles in return to lineup for AAA Iowa

    Aug 19, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    kris bryant getty Getty Images

    Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant sent a scare through the organization on Saturday when he had to leave a game at Triple-A Iowa with pain in his left big toe. But all is well with the budding superstar.

  17. Indians place Ryan Raburn on the disabled list

    Aug 19, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

    Ryan Raburn AP

    Ryan Raburn’s disappointing season for the Indians now includes a trip to the disabled list with a sore right wrist.

  18. Cardinals place Mark Ellis on the disabled list

    Aug 19, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Mark Ellis Cardinals Getty Images

    St. Louis infielder Mark Ellis is headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, which tends to sideline players for more than the minimum 15 days.

  19. Nate McLouth needs season-ending shoulder surgery

    Aug 19, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth Nationals Getty Images

    McLouth played just 79 games and hit .173 for the Nationals in the first season of a two-year, $10.75 million deal.

Featured video

Does anyone want to win the NL wild card?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. M. Cuddyer (2959)
  2. R. Castillo (2835)
  3. A. Garcia (2271)
  4. J. Werth (2264)
  5. A. McCutchen (2193)
  1. M. Fiers (2193)
  2. W. Myers (2174)
  3. C. Gonzalez (2139)
  4. K. Bryant (2135)
  5. Y. Molina (2044)