Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Albert Pujols has filed a lawsuit against former radio host Jack Clark for his comments that were made on August 2nd that alleged that Pujols was guilty of performance enhancing drug use. Clark made the statements during his first week of hosting a St. Louis local radio program. Clark was subsequently fired at the end of the week. Clark was chosen for the job presumably for his former ties to the Cardinal organization.
Yahoo cites that the radio station is not named in the lawsuit due to their actions following the comments.
Clark and his co-host on the program, Kevin Slaten, were fired a week into their tenure, and the station’s owner broadcast a lengthy apology and posted similarly contrite statements on its website. The lawsuit does not name the radio station or Slaten as defendants.
Pujols used his history of charity work as a defense against the PED allegations.
The petition says Pujols’ ”character and reputation are impeccable and beyond reproach” and cites his charitable work with the Pujols Family Foundation, while calling Clark ”a struggling radio talk show host” who was chasing ratings in the first week his new show was on the air.
In the age that we live in, PED’s are going to be a question that every big slugger in MLB is going to have to answer. Obviously this radio host went way over the line with his claims, particularly if he didn’t have sources that were going to go on record to back up his assertions. This will end up costing him more than just his job and aspirations of working in the radio or television industry. This will end up costing him some money if he cannot provide proof of Pujols’ PED use. If he did have proof, it would go down as one of the most shocking revelations of this whole steriod era as many people believe that despite Pujols’ size, he is a clean player.