Posted August 10, 2013

Report: Albert Pujols taking legal action against Jack Clark for PEDs accusations

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Angels slugger Albert Pujols fires back at Jack Clark over performance-enhancing drug allegations.  (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Angels slugger Albert Pujols fires back at Jack Clark over performance-enhancing drug allegations. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will be taking legal action against former MLB player Jack Clark  after Clark made comments accusing Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Mike DiGiovanna.

In a statement released by Pujols, the slugger said that it was “irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to falsely accuse me of using PEDs.”

Pujols’ defiant statement against Clark’s accusations:

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.

Clark, as a co-host of a sports talk radio show on WGNU (920 AM), said Pujols’ former personal trainer Chris Mihfield told Clark that Pujols was using performance-enhancing drugs.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Clark said that Mihfield “had told me what he was doing with ‘Poolie’ — threw him batting practice, worked him out, shot him up, all that stuff.” Clark brought up Pujols’ name up twice in the first week working at the station when discussing the topic of performance enhancing drugs.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report :

And Clark, who still hasn’t completed his first full week as co-host of the afternoon drive-time with Kevin Slaten at WGNU (920 AM), isn’t just some former athlete who has been out of the loop for decades and shooting from the hip. He was the hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the early 2000s when he said he was told by Chris Mihlfeld, who for a time was Pujols’ personal trainer, that Mihlfeld “shot him up.”

Clark has brought Pujols’ situation up at least twice already on the air. The first time, after Slaten said last Friday that he long has believed that Pujols “has been a juicer,” Clark jumped in before Slaten finished his thought and said, “I know for a fact he was. The trainer that worked with him, threw him batting practice from Kansas City, that worked him out every day, basically told me that’s what he did.”

Clark, a retired player who hit 340 home runs over 18 MLB seasons, also accused Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander of using performance-enhancing drugs. He said Verlander’s dip in velocity and overall dominance is correlated with Verlander no longer using the drugs after Verlander signed a long-term deal with the Tigers.

Clark commented on Verlander’s performance to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Verlander was like Nolan Ryan, he threw 97, 98, 100 miles an hour from the first inning to the ninth inning,” Clark said on the air. “He got that big contract, now he can barely reach 92, 93. What happened to it? He has no arm problems, nothing’s wrong. It’s just the signs are there.

“The greed … they juice up, they grab the money and it’s just a free pass to steal is the way I look at it.”

Verlander responded by calling Clark’s comments “moronic.”


53 comments
KevinLeeMcmahon
KevinLeeMcmahon

Pujols is clearly barking to try to maintain his legacy. However most educated baseball fans know that it is highly probably that he was juicing. Typical, sign a huge contract, stop juicing body falls apart.....

HughJardon
HughJardon

I love the game and am the Baseball Vagabond living in a MLB city a few years enjoying the team and soaking up a city's flavor before moving to the next. Living this dream for the last 20 years and loving it!! :)


I have a solution to the PED issue that no one has remotely touched upon that I, for the life of me, see no problem with it. Here is my solution....

Players should be able to negotiate for the market value of their abilities regardless of PED status but if a player tests positive he should have to forfeit a percentage of every dollar he makes in the game as a player, manager, coach front office etc for the remainder of his career. For a first offense 50% of his salary should be either donated to a charity of the fans choosing (do it on line with a case by case opportunity for the fans to decide where the money goes) or apply it league wide on discounted out of cost expenses for the fans. Let the forfeited salaries make up the difference so there is no lost revenue for the teams. 2nd time they are caught up it to 75% and the 3rd time make them receive the MLB minimum. I am sure alot of fans would love to see A-Rod (for example) donate $15-20,000,000 a year!

This wins for everyone. Banning players in pretty Un-American, With this plan everyone wins. 

PLAYERS WIN as they clean up the game and remove alot of questions about the purity of the game that the fans have.

FANS WIN as they finally can feel they have a little say in the matter and can satisfy and need for vengeance (for lack of a better word)

MLB WIN as no body can find fault with a program that sends billions of dollars to those in need.



Why this approach has not been mentioned ANYWHERE is beyond me. Is there something obvious that I am missing here?
Pass this along to anyone you think might be inclined to explore this, and to those who won't

But remember..YA HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!

any feedback is appreciated

TheBigStroonzo
TheBigStroonzo

@HughJardon LOL! Boy are you naive. We would all love to see that, but there's a slight problem- the MLB players UNION (i.e., as most unions, corrupt extortionist), would NEVER accept it, and the owners don't have the b's to try such a plan.

 

HughJardon
HughJardon

It's an odd way to look at it but I wish EVERY MLB player was called out like Clark did to Pujols. If they are clean they will take legal action to it's conclusion. If they are dirty they will bark and holler their innocence and let a threatened lawsuit quietly die since they know the truth will come out under oath. While they might be happy to lie on the stand they better not bank on others lying for them.

Let's see what Albert does and we will know by his actions whether he is guilty or innocent of Jack Clarks accusations. 

buffalo_markley
buffalo_markley

First thing I thought when I saw Albert's response was "Did Lance Armstrong write this?" Seems he's a bit too upset by what  others have called "the ravings of a couple of drive time DJ's."

jdane
jdane

Sounds a lot like Palmiero as he wagged his finger at those Congressmen.   Why should Clark lose his job for saying the kinds of things one hears on talk radio shows every day?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@jdane  

Hey!  You're not allowed to say that.  It's mean and stuff!  How DARE you have an opinion like that!  It's so...so...like...rude and not-nice, and like that.

'Cause I said the same thing below, and you can see the reactions.

DalePearl
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I don't know if it is true or not but the injuries piling up on Pujols sure look similar to other PED users at about the same age. Unless Pujols can clear his name his hall of fame chances will start to dwindle.

Sneeral
Sneeral

@DalePearl Fool. Unless there is credible evidence that comes out showing Pujols took steroids - not the ravings of a couple of drive time DJ's - he's an automatic lock for 1st ballot induction.  

TheBigStroonzo
TheBigStroonzo like.author.displayName 1 Like

Kudos to Clark for having the guts to speak his mind, and a hearty FY to that overpaid, over the hill blowhard, Alberto "baseball been berry berry good to me" Pooh-hole.

This lawsuit will get as far as he will hit a bazeball when the juice wears off.

6marK6
6marK6

That is a dangerous game you are playing, Albert.

TexasSportsWarrior
TexasSportsWarrior

I will not be happy with puke Selig until he has removed the Yankees,Cardinals,& Red Sox WS wins since 1996 plus all juiced enhanced tainted home run records since 1995. Major League Baseball will never be cleaned up until every tainted home run record since 1995 is removed. I would not be surprised if every power hitting player since 1995 was juicing even players on my Texas Rangers.

TexasSportsWarrior
TexasSportsWarrior

First Jose Canseco turns on his own team in Oakland. Then Johnny Damon recently turns against his former team mate in New York. Now Jack Clark turns against a player on his former team in St Louis. There must be a huge element of truth if a bunch of these players are saying players on their former team are juicing. I always thought cheater Pujols was juicing. Clark just confirmed what we already knew 2 years ago.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

MLB should have just gotten to the place where the NFL is at... all the players are juicing and nobody cares because they all are and the product is good - lol

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

If i was Albert i would keep quiet and let it all go away, because there is nothing linking him to steroids yet.... 
 
If Albert continues ahead with this fight he better be 100% clean, from the first day he stepped on a baseball diamond, because your past has a way of catching up with you. Funny thing about the media they have a way of digging and digging and oh yeah digging some more until they uncover something.  Pesky little critters unlike those you find in your home, Albert you cannot exterminate the media.  So choose your actions wisely Albert because fighting this does not prove your innocence, it only proves you are egomaniacal like others before you. 

Clemens the funniest one... his friends misremembered, his wife who he sees naked every day he happens not to notice an amazing change in her body after his friend was injecting her with steroids...  You would think Clemens being a pro athlete would offer or at least get tips from his wife on her great body transformation. wow these people are priceless. If Albert choose to continue with the law suit, and anything is uncovered that proves Albert doped then PUJOLS SHOULD BE BANNED FOR LIFE !!!!!

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla like.author.displayName 1 Like

I like to think that Pujols signed with the Angels, so he didn't tarnish his Cardinals legacy after he weened off the gas.  Like he knew he'd be an over priced mess that would fall apart physically, once the needles stopped going in, so he went out there to baseball Siberia. 

airmjbsanders
airmjbsanders like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

If ANYONE would be surprised to learn that Albert has juiced, then they haven't been watchin baseball the last 10 years!  At this point, no power hitter is above suspicion (see Davis, C., Bautista, J., Ibanez, R., etc).  Time & time again it's been proven that not testin positive means nothin!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@airmjbsanders Yup. Almost no one fails a test. In fact, it seems if you fail a test you most have been stupid or lazy about using the making agents. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Every time I hear an absolute take-no-prisoners statement like this, I think of a certain guy wagging his finger to a Congressional committee.  We all know how Palmeiro wound up.

Most of these guys have egos so big that it's possible they've convinced themselves that they've done everything all by themselves.  In short, their huge egos make them delusional.

Sneeral
Sneeral

@MidwestGolfFan So if Pujols had said something along the lines of, "I have no recollection of ever knowingly taking performance enhancing drugs" you'd believe that was a more convincing statement?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Sneeral @MidwestGolfFan  

Verlander said it's "moronic," and left it at that.  Why does Pujols need a fancy, flowery statement obviously written for him by someone else?

John NoLastName
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@MidwestGolfFan I don't know if Pujols juiced or not, and neither do you. Concluding that because Player A juiced and lied about it, therefore Player B must also be lying is simply sloppy logic. 

I'm not saying Pujols did or didn't. I'm saying stick to the facts as they're known right now, and don't draw unwarranted conclusions.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan like.author.displayName 1 Like

@John NoLastName@MidwestGolfFan 

I should apologize for having an opinion? 

I'm just saying I have trouble taking athletes at face value.  As others have noted, those most strenuously denying PED use seem to wind up looking the worst.


MichaelC
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"I’ve been tested hundreds of times throughout my career and never once have I tested positive." I don't really like that line because 1) that's the defense Lance Armstrong used (meaning his level of sophisticated doping trumped whatever testing was in place; and remember HGH/blood testing was only formalized THIS YEAR by MLB) and 2) it doesn't make sense. Hundreds of times? That's ridiculous. Over the past decade, MLB did urine tests once during spring training and another random date. TWICE a year. Mandatory testing begin in 2004. So why would Pujols say that in his statement? Hundreds of tests in10 years?

And being a Pujols fan, I hate to admit but controversy over his age (2-3 years older) and physique (originally he was Pablo Sandoval-esque) have followed him since his high school days. These were the serious doubts that led Pujols to fall to the 13th round in the MLB draft. So he was the 402nd overall pick in 1999 and less than two years later, was a historically great rookie for the Cardinals with a completely transformed physique. Yes, he worked incredibly hard ... but Bonds and Clemens were extremely hard-working even with PEDs. In fact, they both worked harder in the gym BECAUSE of the PEDs. 

Why wouldn't Pujols use PEDs? Out of some moral obligation? He was humiliated by falling to #402 in the draft, humiliated by the original bonus the Cardinals offered him, and steroids were READILY available. Why wouldn't he want to maximize his physical potential as quickly as possible and improve his livelihood? That's the thing that people forget. If you think steroids/PEDs are bad in MLB, its doubly worse in the minor leagues as people are desperate to make the big show. You have a couple years to prove your worth or go back to "civilian life" with an hourly wage. And in an environment of ZERO testing, it's a no-brainer.

So is Pujols using PEDs now? Probably not. But did he use PEDs to get his career going? Highly likely. Did he use PEDs during the past decade? Would that surprise anyone?

David46
David46

Ryan braun basically said everything that pujols is saying. The reaction that pujols has is a lot like liberace's suit when a paper said he was gay. Of course, liberace won his lawsuit, but in the end, he was still gay, anyway, he just wanted to hide it. 

And pujols doesn't need to bring Jesus into discussions about why he'd sue someone, Jesus would never have taken part in he-said she-said lawsuits. 

How many players now have claimed they did nothing, ever and that they're above cheating, only to be outed later. My opinion only, but I suspect we'll hear more details about pujols and banned substances at the end of his career or after he's retired. 

You know, like Lance, Manny, Braun, Palmeiro, Sosa, Bonds, McGwire, Clemens..... 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl like.author.displayName 1 Like

Before we throw Clark under the bus for the remarks about Pujols - remember that everything Jose Canseco said turned out to be 100% correct. 

procontractor99
procontractor99

This kind of childish "he said - she said" could be resolved if everyone including players and owners were willing to adhere to a strict and open testing policy. Check the attendance and viewership stats - baseball is dying because most fans know it is a fraud.

RockDetroit
RockDetroit like.author.displayName 1 Like

Taking a page out of Fox News, Jack Clark is looking to create a career as a "flame thrower" declaring innuendo, rumor, supposition and outright lies as facts. I hope Mr. Pujols takes him to  court and smashes him like a hanging curve ball. When he said "I know for a fact he was" he opened himself up for a major laws suit where he will have to prove the veracity of his statement. This idea that lies and misrepresentations are acceptable when defaming people in the course of your career is acceptable needs to come crashing down on someone and Jack Clark is the perfect moron.

MikeKing
MikeKing like.author.displayName 1 Like

@RockDetroit You mean like when nbc altered the 911 tapes on the trayvon martin case?  Glad that was not an outright lie....

ThomasCox
ThomasCox

I have it on good authority that Babe Ruth was a juicer.  His Wife's hairdresser's great grandson's gardner told me that one day, Ruth was out on a binge and his wife's hair dresser shot him up.


Clark, you sir are NOT a bold American.  Go back to the hole you crawled into.


On a seprate note, I do not understand why, with all these accusations, and most of todays players publicly stating that they want to clean up the game, that a player hasn't broken ranks with the MLBPA and offered up an actual public blood test to clear their name.  Use the same drug testing standards that the Olympic Committee uses.  That's what I would do.  Until the MLBPA gets on board with this, all they're doing is protecting the cheats.  OR, offer up a first time offense = a lifetime ban...NO appeal allowed.  SEND A MESSAGE that you are serious about your convictions.


HughJardon
HughJardon

@ThomasCox  I remember a lot of people having the same sentiments as you about Jose Canseco. It seems that he has been proven to be fairly accurate and nobody is calling Jose a liar these days are they?

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out though won't it?


Southpaw47
Southpaw47 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Just look as his photo and tell me if he has the telltale signs. Prematurely bald, huge head, acne, etc, . Body breaking down. Probably just a coincidence. Anyone really think Albert authored that statement?

6marK6
6marK6

@Southpaw47 These are the boards of blind loyalty. They argued on behalf of Braun and McGwire as well.

6marK6
6marK6 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Look at McGwire....erhhhhh......I mean Pujols and tell me there are no questions.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Pujols has to follow through, though. If, after all this brouhaha, he doesn't sue, he'll look guilty, or at least as if he has something to hide. His statement is a bold one. But we've seen and heard it before. So, Mr. P. sue and let's see what happens. There is less actual sports on the sports shows every day. Might as well keep it up. 

jdane
jdane like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Rickapolis Nonsense.  First of all, he's a public figure, and thus has no chance of winning a libel suit.   Second, no one gets upset when they are accused of things they haven't done--the only time we get really self-righteous is when we get accused of things that we know we're guilty of.

Cinti-fan
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According to the St. Louis Post-DispatchClark said that Mihfield “had told me what he was doing with ‘Poolie’ — threw him batting practice, worked him out, shot him up, all that stuff.” Clark brought up Pujols’ name up twice in the first week working at the station when discussing the topic of performance enhancing drugs.

Not sure there is a suit here.  Clark is quoting a witness.  Seems in defense, Clark calls this witness to the stand.



HectorFranceschini
HectorFranceschini

I think all that is messed up anyway - hitting & taking down other ball players like that. That's a cheap shot - like throwing at the head or sucker punching. Platoons & SEAL teams aren't even that back stabbing. Just so you know, there is no law that says the military can't take over-the counter PED's from Wal-Mart. So, in a way - all are innocent for ever. I was in same spot in college, teams faking stats - I didn't pursue legal action because I already owned records & let it be. That is some pretty shady shizno ya'll be doing. 

eddie767
eddie767

Jack Clark better start hiding money now,because he is going to be one broke guy. It's strange he's talking about ppl breaking down,since he started doing the same thing around the Sosa,McGuire,and Conseco accusations. So,was he using too? I'm going to say probably. We'll know soon enough,since he's being sued,that'll be one of Pujols lawyers questions,hopefully.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler like.author.displayName 1 Like

Albert before suing make sure you get some advice from Reggie Miller (old school reference) Nothing proves an athlete's guilt quicker than threatening to do some and do not follow through with it. Chances are Albert was using like a lot of the players at one time, What d(0_s)e  Clarke have to gain from attacking one MLB's superstar unless he believes his information credible. I had my suspetitions about Albert years ago when he was questioned about one of the game's notorious Steroids user, instead of saying No comment ,or we have to get drugs out of the game it's hurting the ones who are doing it the right way....  Albert took a different path , he seemed to defend the player's actions. Even guys like Big Pappi still can not admitt to using so why would someone we have nothing on admitt to wrong doings... right, Derek Cheater... ...wink , wink, nudge, nudge  (0_o)

eddie767
eddie767

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler Big Pappi took a lie detector test to prove he didn't use and passed. But ppl like you think everyone is a user/liar. Just get over yourself.

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@eddie767 @friendly--neighborhood--scrawler Big Papi FAILED a test.  And for the record, lie detectors are notoriously unreliable which is why they are inadmissible in a court of law.  So either Big Papi convinced himself that he was clean - sort of like OJ convinced himself that he didn't murder Ron and Nicole - or Big Papi is smarter than he looks, by beating the machine.  Either way, Big Papi was a mainly decent but hardly world beater until he signed with the Red Sox, and started hanging out with Manny.  You know, the same Manny who has failed TWO tests.  If you think Papi is innocent, I have this bridge I own in Brooklyn.  I'll sell it to ya - cheap.


As for Derek Jeter?  He's one of the most scrutinized players of the last 50 years in terms of media coverage, he is NOT a power hitter, NEVER has been.  So the moron who claimed Jeter is a cheater is clearly a Yankee hater.  Yes, the Yankees have had their share of cheaters - but Derek isn't one of them.  Hell, even Bill Simmons, president of the Yankee Haters club, is on record saying Jeter is the ONE guy that he would be stunned if he popped.  There's a much bigger chance that Dustin PEDroia is a juicer.  But then, you're a Red Sox fan, and you don't have an objective bone in your body.


To recap.  Jeter clean.  PEDroia - much more likely to be a juicer with Manny and Papi.  So yeah.


friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@Shooter McGavin 19711 

Your Pappi's comment made perfect sense, but you started getting stupid when you started talking about Jeter, what happened to Objectivity...  
  
First i am NOT A FAN of any MLB teams, i use to be a fan of players like Fred McGriff and a few others back in the day also I wont lie anytime Bonds step to the plate that was must watch TV for me... but one thing i will never do is comment subjectively....  
  
Second i do not think you understand what P.E.D's are used for in baseball, the main purpose is not to hit homers or put on muscle mass. Players use it to stay on the field... If Andy Petite a God fearing man would take it , i see no reason Why Jeter a womanizer and partier would not after his good friend for years has been possibly juicing since he came into the league. Do not get fooled there is a reason why you see a lot of No name , middle infielders getting busted, they are not bulky or do not hit a lot of homers either... Marion Jones was not bulky or hit homers , she just needed to run faster so you can never tell by looking at a player's stature, accomplishments or reputation. Marion Jones never failed a test , her conscious caught up with her, i guess they are right about not being able to run away from yourself... With Jeter i just put the pieces together often never injured player, constant contact on the ball, jam shots getting line drive base hits and so on...

Scrutiny has nothing to do with it , it's all about proof, there is none on Jeter, if it wasn't for two rats Balco and Biogenesis maybe still in business and there are more of these clinics out there. Barry Bonds was a fast guy who had over 500 stolen bases, but hitting home runs was his main goal, so he gave up speed to bulk up and become a power hitter. I believe Cal Ripken Jr. was juicing , No way do you play that many years at that position day in and day out without a lot of luck and some help on the side. Putting steroids and Cal Ripken Jr. in the same sentence would cost people their jobs. Look at what happen to Mr October went he spoke about A-Riod and P.E.D's  

Finally I believe injured players should be able to use while on the D-list to recover quicker, Doctors prescribe patients Steriods all the time to aid in recovery from injuries and surgeries. Once the drug has cleared the player's system they should be free to retun.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@eddie767 

NO(O_o)OOO....  I will not get over myself, I am too important and love myself too much to do that !!!!

You blieve a lie detector test is more solid and less faulty than actually fluids tested from a person's body, No.... you should get over your naive believe everything i hear self and use common sense.  Since you know so much about Pappi, who administered the test do you have proof of him taking a legit test or was it something he told your gullible @#$%!