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Albert Pujols to Sue Jack Clark Over Steroid Accusations; Kevin Slaten May Sue InsideSTL

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Kevin Slaten and Jack Clark.
The fresh rumors that Albert Pujols used steroids very quickly derailed a brand new St. Louis radio program -- and have prompted multiple threats of lawsuits.

Pujols, as we reported over the weekend, said in a late-night statement that he will take legal action against Jack Clark, the formal Cardinals slugger who stated on-air that he knows "for a fact" that Pujols had used performance-enhancing drugs. Shortly thereafter, the bosses at insideSTL announced that Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten would both be dropped from their new show that briefly broadcast on WGNU (920 AM).

Now, Slaten may sue over the cancellation of his show. Oh, and Clark could sue, too! Or do something!

See also:
- Why Is Jack Clark Now Accusing Albert Pujols? Recall 2006 Chris Mihlfeld Rumors
- Albert Pujols Is "Bitter" About The Way Cardinals Front Office Handled His Departure
- Kevin Slaten Leaves Insane Broadcasting; Bob Romanik Says "He's Toxic"

This morning, Tim McKernan, chief at InsideSTL, apologized at the top of his "Morning After" radio show:

In case you missed the drama that unfolded on Friday, a quick recap: Clark said on his new show with Slaten, "The King And The Ripper," that he knew for quite some time that Pujols had used illegal drugs: "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."

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The trainer in question is Chris Mihlfeld, a close friend of Pujols, who RFT profiled in-depth in the 2006 feature "Oblique Strain," published when the first round of Pujols-Mihlfeld steroid rumors emerged. As we noted in our analysis on Friday, it's curious why Clark is raising these accusations about Mihlfeld now and said nothing in 2006 when everyone was talking about it. And, as our original cover story chronicled, the rumors around Mihlfeld were unsubstantiated and spread largely through shoddy reporting.

Both Pujols and Mihlfeld are once again vehemently denying the allegations and this time, Pujols is leveling a serious legal threat, saying, in part, "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."

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Chris Mihlfeld.

Here's a statement insideSTL president Tim McKernan posted on his website on Saturday:

insideSTL Enterprises, LLC and all related companies would like to make clear that Jack Clark is no longer associated with the company. Mr. Clark was never employed by insideSTL but rather was an independent contractor. Any opinions, views or statements made by him strictly reflect his own personal views and do not reflect the views of insideSTL. insideSTL Enterprises, LLC and any related companies have never asserted and do not assert that Albert Pujols has ever used steroids or any other type of performing enhancing drug.

This followed a shorter statement posted on Friday that said only, "Jack Clark and Kevin Slaten are independent contractors, and we want to make it clear that the opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions of insideSTL Enterprises, LLC."

It's been a rocky few months for Slaten. As we reported in July, he parted ways with Insane Broadcasting where he was on-air with Bob Romanik; he planned to start a new show with Clark at insideSTL.

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Albert Pujols in 2011.

The two only did seven shows before the steroid story erupted and their higher-ups dropped them.

Now he is planning on suing.

"I don't know what Albert Pujols' damages are, but there are a lot of damages for me," Slaten told the Post-Dispatch. "Albert Pujols didn't even mention my name. Why does this fall on me?"

Slaten elaborated to Dan Caesar about his conversation with McKernan:

"I said 'What?,"' Slaten said. "He said, 'We have to do what's in the best interest of the company.' I said, 'You tell me how firing me is in the best interest of the company when you and (WGNU boss Burt Kaufman) said (earlier) that I did nothing wrong."

Slaten said McKernan told him, "'I know that, but everybody associated with the show has to go.

"I said, 'Did you fire the producer? Did you fire yourself, you're the one who paired us, did you fire yourself?'"...

"This one blind-sides me like no other," he said. "I thought McKernan was different, but he's not. He's as cowardly and slimy as the rest of them and he lies."

Meanwhile, Clark -- who Daily RFT left a message for on Friday -- says he is considering taking some action, too.

According to the P-D, he says, "I stand by what I said. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I'm doing something for sure."

He also offered these tweets:

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max_in_missouri
max_in_missouri

McKernan played it right. 

And Kevin Slaten is an asshole that should never be employed by any radio station anywhere ever again

SourceOfAllTruth
SourceOfAllTruth

Tim McKernan, you're sorry. For what? Being a coward and being so scared like a little girl about being sued that you can't show any integrity?

You assert that no athlete has ever done steroids or anyother PED? What about Mark McGwire? he admitted it. Rafael Palmero? He admitted it. Eric Gagne? He admitted it. Barry Bonds? He admitted it and tested positive for it. FP Santangeo? he was mentioned in the Mitchell report and admitted it. Andy Pettitte. He admitted it. Manny Ramirez. He was suspended for 50 games. Ryan Braun? He was suspended for 65 games.

That you are, Tim Mckernan, is a coward. Apologizing to criminals and the Pujhols family because your a little girl trapped inside the body of a man. You are a coward.

I hope Jack Clark and Kevin Slaten sue your station out of existence.

Tim McKernan, YOU ARE A COWARD!

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

at least no one at InsideSTL was assaulted or spat on (presumably) when he was fired.

West End Grill
West End Grill

Can't figure out why people keep hiring Slaten in the first place...

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

I think its pretty safe to say that just about every high-level MLB player in the last 20 years has used at some point. Not all, but the vast majority.

Floyd Brookman
Floyd Brookman

It doesn't matter what I, nor any of us think. That is all speculation based on hearsay - which is exactly what Jerk Clark is guilty of, except that he put it out into the media as 'fact.' Unless he has solid evidence other than "I know a guy, and he said.." then he is the guilty party.

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