Jack Clark Legal Defense: "Juicer" Can Mean A Lot of Things, Including a Lover of Liquid Fruit

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Jack Clark's smart-aleck lawyer wants Albert Pujols' defamation lawsuit thrown out -- unless Pujols' legal team can demonstrate Clark used words like "juicer" and "PED" to specifically refer to illegal steroids and not, say, a raspberry-and-Viagra smoothie.

Albert Watkins, Clark's St. Louis-based lawyer, filed the motion on Monday in the St. Louis County Circuit Court. It reads like a stripped-down, legalese version of the open letter Watkins sent to Pujols' lawyer in mid-October, in which he snidely (but hilariously) mocked the very basics of the defamation suit brought against his client.

"It may appear petty, but it's really not," says Watkins. He concedes, for example, that the meaning of the Clark's on-air statement -- "I know for a fact he was a juicer" -- seems obvious at first blush; but from a legal perspective, the word juicer is "subject to a variety of meanings."

See also: Albert Pujols' Attorney to Jack Clark's Lawyer: Stop Turning Lawsuit Into "Media Circus"

So what else could "juicer" mean? From the motion:

["Juicer" could be defined as] a heavy or habitual drinker of alcohol, or, in its most innocent sense, one who liquefies fruit and fruit pulp for oral consumption.

Watkins makes a similar argument regarding the phrase "performance-enhancing drugs," which he says could easily refer to Viagra or other substances.

The motion itself follows many of the points Watkins first touched upon in his October letter, in which he referred to Clark's "juicer" statements as "the clumps in the proverbial kitty litter of this case."

Albert Watkins: Not afraid of a "media circus."
Despite that letter's near-cartoonish levels of facetiousness, Watkins says this new motion is not a joke.

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

"There was real meritorious substance from what I was saying, from a legal standpoint," says Watkins. "It was, 'Hey, you've got some issues with the construction of your pleadings, please take care of them.'"

He continues:

"One of the most vital and essential elements of defense in a defamation case is to get to the core issue of what is objectionable and in what context that objectionable language was communicated. Anyone who has been involved in litigation of this nature more than ten or fifteen minutes appreciates that."

Our attempts to reach Pujols' LA-based lawyer, Martin Singer, were unsuccessful.

Filed in October, Pujols' lawsuit takes issue with statements Clark made to his cohost Kevin Slaten during an August broadcast of the sports-talk radio show The King and the Ripper. Though less than a week old at the time, the show was canceled after Clark's comments.

insideSTL Enterprises, which created the show, distanced itself from Clark and publicly apologized to Pujols multiple times.

Clark and his cohost managed to get fired in less than a week, tanking the show in the process.

Clark, however, stood by his story, even challenging Pujols to dueling polygraph tests to prove which baseball legend is lying. Watkins tells Daily RFT that the challenge is still open, and they are considering having Clark simply take the test on his own.

Though outside attempts at reconciliation have been made to heal the damage between Pujols and Clark, Watkins isn't optimistic that either star can move past this case.

"I do not envision at this time that the two will be holding hands or singing 'Kumbaya' anytime in the near future," he says.

Continue for the full text of Clark's motion to dismiss Pujols' defamation suit.

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Hmmmm....juicer waz our derogatory name for drunkies when I was in the army, dso is he saying the guy wascallinv him a drunk.  Still wrong

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Eric Jacobs
Eric Jacobs

Maybe this will keep his big mouth shut, he was just hating on pujols because he was never that good

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

This is what happens when you choose your legal team based on the commercials during The Jerry Springer Show.

Spencer Whitton
Spencer Whitton

"The Juicer" is a lot like "The Shocker" The only difference is you use your thumb also and move it up and down like you are cocking a hammer back in a repeated motion. I am sure that is what he was referencing.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

So is Jack and his attorney now backing off the claims? I think we all know that isn't what Jack "really" meant.

DoucheMcGee topcommenter

Grasping at straws trying to backtrack. Everyone knows by juicer Clark meant that Pujols used steroids or a similar substance.Claiming Clark was implying that Pujols was someone that made juice for himself is laughable.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you sound like a juicer.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DoucheMcGee ... are you claiming that Pujo NEVER used ANY performance enhancing substances ??

DoucheMcGee topcommenter

@DonkeyHotayI'm not saying Pujols was or wasn't using any PEDs, I have no proof either way.

I'm just saying that Clark's legal team is trying to make us think that by "juicer" he meant something other than PEDs, and that's ridiculous.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DoucheMcGee ... Clark's legal team is illustrating the utter futility of Pujo's lawsuit.

Unless Pujo can prove that Clark meant ILLEGAL PED's -- and that Pujo never used same -- the claim fails on its face.

There are many PED's that are not illegal, so "juicer" can apply loosely to those too, again negating Pujo's claim.

Remember that Truth is a defense to slander/libel.

So the EXACT definition of "juicer" is a necessary element of this lawsuit, and Pujo must prove that Clark meant the term that way, and that the use of said term was in fact not only false, but maliciously so since Pujo is a "public figure".

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