Two months ago, we brought you the story of former St Louis Cardinal Jack Clark saying on the radio that Albert Pujols was a steroid abuser. Pujols vigorously denied the claims and threatened a lawsuit, while Clark and cohost Kevin Slaten were fired. Two months later, Pujols is going ahead with the lawsuit against Clark.
The exact wording of Pujols' lawsuit spells out the claims he's filing against Clark.
Clark's statements are lies that have damaged Pujols' reputation, causing him personal humiliation, mental anguish and anxiety, the suit says.
The suit calls Clark's statements "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods."
Pujols' suit says his character and reputation are "impeccable and beyond reproach" and calls Clark a "struggling radio talk show host."
It'll be interesting to see what happens here. Clark's statements were based primarily on hearsay from a conversation he had with Chris Mihlfeld, a former trainer of Pujols who claims to have injected Pujols with steroids in 2000. If the suit goes to trial, it could spiral out of control and lead to a breakdown of Pujols' entire life.
This case could either take shock jocks like Clark down to the ground floor (if found liable) or thrust their stock through the roof (if not found liable). Imagine if Clark isn't found liable for what he said - that could open a Pandora's box of potentially libelous claims on the airwaves for the sake of simply causing a buzz. I'm sorry, but I can't see any world where that's a good thing at all. It would be impossible to separate fact from fiction, and sports talk radio as we know it would be dead.
@awfulannouncing Pujols despises Bonds bc AP was 2nd in MVP voting on many occasions & didn't use PEDS. He takes the allegations personally.
@awfulannouncing will Clark counter-sue when it's revealed Pujols did actually take steroids
@awfulannouncing Wait, didn't Lance Armstrong sue accusers too? I think we need to hold off on what is truth here, especially in baseball.
@awfulannouncing Are you frikkin kidding Pujols, you invented steroids!!!
@awfulannouncing I'm hearing ARod wants in on that lawsuit too.
@awfulannouncing this stinks of lance Armstrong, strongly denying something to make you look clean?
@awfulannouncing yea, this is weird. What on earth does Pujols have to gain by doing this? Just disregard, and move past. Bad move Albert!
The media is accused (and rightfully so) of burying its collective heads in the sand during the "Steroid Era" when it was obvious guys like McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, et al were using, but no one wanted to rock the boat. But when someone calls a spade a spade -- says it's obvious Pujols is/was on roids -- he gets ridiculed and then sued. I have no doubt Clark will "win" the lawsuit because Pujols' lawyers won't be able to prove malicious intent. Especially since it's a common opinion in the baseball world that Pujols was an obvious user. But just the fact that Jack Clark is being painted as some evil guy here is funny to me. I can't think of a more-obvious PED user than Albert Pujols. Unfortunately for the Angels, it looks like he stopped using after getting that monster contract. No question he was using in St. Louis though.