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Jack Clark retracts PED comments about Albert Pujols; Pujols drops lawsuit against Clark

Feb 10, 2014, 10:27 PM EDT

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Last summer, former major leaguer Jack Clark said on his short-lived radio program in St. Louis that he had knowledge of Albert Pujols using performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols later sued Clark in an effort to clear his name, which led to Clark challenging him to a lie detector test and other nonsense. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the two sides have reached a resolution on the matter now that Clark has formally retracted his accusations:

“I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement he released and was provided to The Post-Dispatch. “I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke and for that I sincerely apologize.”

Pujols released a statement of his own acknowledging Clark’s apology:

“I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name,” the statement read.

Clark was fighting a losing battle from the start, and it’s safe to say he did more damage to his own reputation with the legal fallout than sway public opinion about Pujols. But hey, at least we got some good laughs out of the situation.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    In 1987 Jack Clark had a slugging percentage of .597.

    Coincidentally, Jose Canseco’s career high in slugging percentage was .589.

    Now for those of you who are statistically challenged you should recognize that .589 is .008 less than .597.

    Therefore Jack Clark did more steroids than Jose Canseco.

    • cohnjusack - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Pre 1987, 31-year-old Clark’s highest ever OPS was .900. He was coming off an injury plagued year where it was a lowly .784…then it suddenly jumps to 1.059?!?! Definite steroid use.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        He was Brady Anderson before Brady Anderson was Brady Anderson.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      I love with post so much I would marry it and have little baby posts.

  2. dogfromduckhunt - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    You mean you can’t just blindly make false statements about people to try to gain ratings for a new show? Someone forgot to tell Jack.

    • bigharold - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      “You mean you can’t just blindly make false statements about people to try to gain ratings for a new show? ‘

      Not unless you’re on Faux News.

      • raylangivens2 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        I know, right! I often thank God that MSNBC is out there upholding journalistic integrity.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        journalistic integrity.

        in ‘merica?

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Raylan…let’s be honest. Everyone knows Fox is the only “news” program is the only program in the Country that slants the news in their favor. Yep…the only one.
        Everyone else is above reproach.

    • 24thesho - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      No, you can blindly conveniently) make false statements about one Latino whose complexion is dark to try to gain ratings for a new show. Jack knew what he was doing.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      What you’re allowed to do is use phrases like “A guy like Albert Pujols” or “you have to wonder” or “it’s suspicious that.” Then, you’re allowed to say whatever the hell you want to.

  3. yahmule - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    I saw Clark hit a ball almost all the way out of Dodger Stadium. It hit the base of the second bullpen wall in left field between the palm trees. That was the farthest I’ve ever personally seen a ball hit by anybody, but a towering moon shot to dead center field by Kingman, which probably didn’t go quite as far, was actually a bit more impressive.

    • baccards - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      I saw him hit a ball in Little rock during an exhibition game that must have traveled 550ft – it landed on a hospital roof past left field – Yeah it was impressive.
      the longest ball I have ever seen hit.

  4. pastabelly - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    I heard the audio of the original statements by Clark. He did not accuse of Pujols of doing steroids. He recounted something the trainer told him about Pujols’ training regiment. I think Pujols would have had a tough time in court because it really involves the integrity of the trainer. I also believe this retraction by Clark is only the result of damage to his own reputation by relating that story. I don’t know if Pujols took PEDs or not, but his actions are no different than the ones taken by Lance Armstrong, who wrecked the careers of anyone who accused him of using PEDs. What I am trying to say is that I certainly wouldn’t bet a huge amount of money on ANY player who put up video game numbers in the PED era.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Reread the original article that started all this: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/media-views-clark-says-pujols-used-performance-enhancing-drug/article_9afc6d86-6a7f-5e49-b636-2f893df579a1.html

      Clark absolutely did accuse Pujols of using PEDs, stated he knew “for a fact” he did based on a conversation with his trainer…which if one follows the timeline of when that supposedly happened was when Pujols was still in the minors and not famous. To say it would be unlikely for Clark to remember such detail about a player he did not at the time know is putting it generously. Regardless, the trainer immediately denied ever having had that conversation–before Pujols ever responded himself.

      One of the many bad things about what Lance Armstrong did was that now–whether an athlete is guilty or innocent–it’s a given that if the athlete tries to defend himself, somebody is guaranteed to bring up “that’s the same as Armstrong did.” Plus, it isn’t the same thing since Armstrong bullied and sued people with actual first hand knowledge of his PED use.

      I will agree that we do not know whether Pujols or any other player uses or has used PEDs unless they’d been caught doing so. Jack Clark does not know either, but that did not stop him from spouting off about it as though he did on the radio.

    • forsch31 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      What Pujols did and what Armstrong did are two entirely different things. Pujols promptly used the legal system to hold somebody accountable for slandering him, while Armstrong used, well, strong arm tatics behind the scenes to threaten or destroy careers or lives. For the most part, he stayed away from suing people with slander or libel (like not going after Floyd Landis in 2010); the only time he did, I think, is when he went after the Sunday Times over a 2004 article, and that came back to bite him in the arse.

      As Raysfan points out, Clark did accuse Pujols of taking steriods, and then he followed up with even more statements on the air in later shows.

      Pujols also played most of his career after testing had been implimented in 2003, adding penalties for 2004. Pujols had his first season in the majors in 2001. It wasn’t the “PED era”, which is regarded as the 1990s, when there was no testing or enforcement.

  5. andreweac - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Pujols is still in MLB? Angel fans only know about an Albertross wearing number 5 since 2012. They prefer Jeff Mathis back at his salary versus the Albertross and the eight years, $220,000,000.00 left on his deal.

  6. elvin2014 - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Albert Pujols (José Alberto Pujols Alcántara) is a Christian, father, a patriot, a good man and one of the best baseball player of all time…. DO NOT LIE ABOUT ALBERT PUJOLS!

    • 18thstreet - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      There are plenty of people who are Christian, fathers, and patriots. That doesn’t make them good people. It’s not okay to lie about bad people, either.

    • paperlions - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      How is he a patriot? He just became a citizen not that long ago, I am unaware of any instance in which he has show the requisite love, support, and defense of US required to be labeled a patriot….and he certainly wasn’t a patriot of the nation whose citizenship he denounced to become a US citizen.

      • stex52 - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Don’t be silly, Paper. He showed up at a Tea Party rally. That gives you a lifetime pass. Get with the program. /S

      • paperlions - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        I rest my case.

        /not S

  7. stex52 - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Damn, you mean words have consequences? Someone forgot to tell old Jack.

  8. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Guess you have to be a former MLB’er or crotchety old BBWAA member to point accusatory fingers and suggestive allegations about PED use.

    Bloggers, no. Higher standard.

  9. jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Jack’s a dick.

  10. yordo - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    A little somethin somethin under the table?

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