Jack Clark Defends Albert Pujols Steroid Accusations: "I Stand By My Previous Remarks"

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Jack Clark.
Former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark is standing by his controversial comment that he knows "for a fact" Albert Pujols has used performance-enhancing drugs.

"I stand by my previous remarks regarding Pujols and will rigorously defend any lawsuit that he chooses to file," Clark says in a statement sent out this afternoon. "Litigation is an intense fact finding process and I welcome the opportunity for a jury of 12 unbiased people to judge the credibility of my comments."

The short statement comes from the office of St. Louis Attorney Chet Pleban, who Clark has retained to represent him in the wake of Pujols' threats of legal action.

See also:
- Why Is Jack Clark Now Accusing Albert Pujols? Recall 2006 Chris Mihlfeld Rumors
- Albert Pujols Accused of Steroid Use: "I Know for A Fact He Was," Says Jack Clark
- Albert Pujols to Sue Jack Clark; Kevin Slaten May Sue InsideSTL

As we reported last week, Clark's new accusations against Pujols spread quickly last Friday and eventually cost him his brand new radio gig co-hosting a sports-talk show on WGNU (920 AM) alongside Kevin Slaten. Less than a day after the intense media attention around the steroid remarks began, insideSTL Enterprises, LLC, which had contracted Clark and Slaten for the show, announced that it was canceling their show immediately.

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Hours earlier, Pujols issued this lengthy statement, arguing that he has never used steroids -- and making clear he would fight back:

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.

Slaten has now threatened to sue insideSTL over his termination and Clark has retained legal counsel to defend against a lawsuit from Pujols.

At the center of these new allegations is Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols' trainer and close friend, who was caught up in similar accusations back in 2006. As we chronicled in our cover story profile of Mihlfeld that year, the unsubstantiated rumors spread like wildfire and badly damaged his reputation.

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Albert Pujols in 2011.

It's unclear why Clark is making these accusations now and said nothing back in 2006 when these rumors first surfaced. Mihlfeld has once again vehemently denied the claims.

We've left a message with Pleban for further details and put in a request to speak with Clark directly as well. We'll update if we hear more.

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jolisa
jolisa

jack clark is not a liar

i understand why he was fired because of the liablity he caused his employer but 

he is no damn liar

pujols is a cheat, thats why he went to california were all the other cheaters live

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Jim Descher
Jim Descher

I know this. Jack is going to run out of money defending this suit long before Albert does. Jack better have pictures of Albert with a needle sticking out of his rear.

Jim Descher
Jim Descher

Freedom of speech doesn't cover slander and libel. Jack is on a pathetic little station and needed some ratings and press. He got the press...

Nick Ferrara
Nick Ferrara

Who gives a tinker's damn? Is Jack Clark so insignificant that he has to stir this stuff up? Why does Albert Pujols have to validate himself by filing a lawsuit? Non-news.

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

anyway "freedom of speech" has to do with govt anyway, such as the govt cant prosecute you for saying something about the President.

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

I don't think he will win the case because that would just be a very difficult type of case to win...but I do think Pujols has a LOT more money to spend on lawyers than Jack does and some times the money you spend fighting a case (even a complete BS) case is more than its worth

Jeff Grose
Jeff Grose

Aren't defamation cases amongst the most difficult to prove? The trainer that's caught in the middle of this, could be the deciding factor.

Windel Mathes
Windel Mathes

Well, if he knows "for a fact" - He'll find out the difference between fact and opinion in court

buckswope
buckswope

Clark may be telling the truth, he might believe he's telling the truth but actually remembering things wrong, or he may be completely full of shyte. He has zero credibility as a journalist, but Jose Canseco has proven that you don't need credibility to be telling the truth about this stuff.

Pujols denial has a lot of red flags. Who is going to believe he never even considered using PEDs?...especially while he was losing in the postseason to teams full of juicers? Many PEDs are/were legal/untestable. Pujols may have convinced himself that by never taking anything that was illegal or banned at the time he was taking them, that he's never taken PEDs.

Mihlfield's denial isn't really a denial at all. He's basically just keeping his mouth shut and deferring to Pujols. It's not completely out of the realm to think that Mihlfield could have let something slip back before Pujols was a star during a period when PED usage was at its peak, then blocked that out of his memory.

It's entirely possibly that they're all a fuzzy version of the same truth.

Pujols clearly has the most to lose from a prolonged legal battle. Even if Clark is found liable for millions (that he doesn't have) in damages, if the end result is that Pujols is revealed to have taken "legal" (at the time, but currently banned) substances, his reputation will never be the same.

Julie Henderson
Julie Henderson

Norm Manis it's statements like that that get folks in trouble. I will simply tell you to hush, thank you.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

albert the great, left stl for anaheim. hes obviously off steroids now by his play. He is now referred to as scandilous albert.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

So we're to believe Jack Clark is the first innocent person to ever hire Chet Pleban?

Floyd Brookman
Floyd Brookman

What kind of defense is 'A guy told me several years ago, but I never saw or heard proof ?'

Jeff Grose
Jeff Grose

I've always liked and respected Jack. I really see nothing that compels me to believe that this is something he just pulled out of thin air, for a ratings splash. The man is not that stupid or ignorant to know that there would be huge reprecussions from his statements. Thinking I'll side with Jack on this one.

tim.j.haney
tim.j.haney

Then it is fair to say that Jack Clark is a pedophile. I don't have any proof of this but you know...freedom of speech.

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