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Albert Pujols Accused of Steroid Use: "I Know for A Fact He Was," Says Jack Clark

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Albert Pujols in 2006.
See also: - Why Is Jack Clark Now Accusing Albert Pujols? Recall 2006 Chris Mihlfeld Steroid Rumors

Albert Pujols definitely used performance-enhancing drugs.

So says former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark, now radio co-host with Kevin Slaten at WGNU (920 AM).

After Slaten said on-air that he long believed Pujols "has been a juicer," Clark replied: "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."

Chris Mihlfeld, once Pujols' personal trainer, directly admitted it to him more than a decade ago, Clark said.

Mihlfeld "had told me what he was doing with 'Poolie' -- threw him batting practice, worked him out, shot him up, all that stuff," Clark said on his show, the Post-Dispatch reports, noting that Pujols' agent this week declined comment.

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Slaten and Clark.

Mihlfeld, however, is denying these latest accusations altogether.

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Via NBC Sports, Mihlfeld offered this strongly worded statement:

I haven't even talked to Jack Clark in close to 10 years. His statements are simply not true. I have known Albert Pujols since he was 18 years old and he would never use illegal drugs in any way. I would bet my life on it and probably drop dead on the spot if I found out he has. As before once again both Albert and myself have been accused of doing something we didn't do.

Why, then, is Clark making these comments?

"I have no idea. Alls I can say is that it is absolutely not true," Mihlfeld responded. "I never said those things to Jack Clark or anyone else because they never happened. That's all I need to say."

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Albert Pujols in 2011.

Clark apparently made these accusations last Friday (audio here) and again on Monday (audio here).

As the P-D notes, it has never been reported that Pujols failed an MLB performance-enhancing substance test or is under investigation.

In 2006, Pujols responded to the accusations, saying:

Why would I do something like that to my family? Why would I do something like that to God? Why would I do something like that to my team? Just to try to gain some small extra? It's part of what I believe: What you do in the dark will come into the light. I have nothing to fear. I'm just tired of hearing about it.

Clark this week told the P-D in an interview that he and Mihlfeld spent a lot of time together in 2000 when they were with the Los Angeles Dodgers, saying, "I had asked him about conditioning and working me out, what he would do for me, and he asked me whether I had ever thought of taking some steroids.... He just told me that he wanted me to get started on steroids and he had some other guys that were doing it. He told me that's how he's conditioning this guy that he met out of high school and college and he looked like he was going to be a star, keep an eye on him.''

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16 comments
David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

I know for a fact that Jack Clark uses PEDs (pastries of enormous deliciousness) every day.

Max Schulze
Max Schulze

Seems out of character for Jack Clark to make such a seemingly unfounded accusation. I guess if you work with an asshole like Slaten long enough....

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

Its a god damn game he plays. He hits a ball. Lol its not the tour de france.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

He talked to his trainer, for those wanting his proof.

HaroldBanks
HaroldBanks

This from an old, fat, broke ballplayer on a new sports radio show, with Kevin Slaten no less.  

Richard Peitz
Richard Peitz

Is it me, or does Jack Clark's head look like its going to explode?

Brewneaux Welldone
Brewneaux Welldone

Hanging with Kevin Slaten pretty much takes away any credibility he might have had in the past.

Brock Shirley
Brock Shirley

Pretty stupid way to get publicity for a new radio show there Jack!

Mike McAfee
Mike McAfee

journalism? he's an announcer & a commentator paid to help them boost ratingas & sell advertising.

Mike E. Moses
Mike E. Moses

yeah...I know a Guy who knew a Guy who owned a dog who's old owner once cut some.Guy off on the highway..and he knew this other dude who.once knew a dude who knew Albert used steroids..so im.pretty sure he did....go eat some.more burgers Jack. you dont know shit

Floyd Brookman
Floyd Brookman

Jack Clark; the bitter guy. Albert didn't personally tell him - he didn't personally see him - but heard it from 'another guy' - yeah, that's credible journalism there.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

I would not be surprised. I think at this point you can say there is a pretty good chance that any high level ball player was juicing.

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