Albert Pujols taking legal action against the man saying he used PEDs

8/11/13 in MLB   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

July 25, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsWith PEDs running rampant in MLB, it’s important for players to guard their reputations, especially from reckless accusations about PEDs.

Jack Clark, a former St. Louis Cardinal, alleged on his show on WGNU 920AM that Anaheim Angels slugger Albert Pujols has been using PEDs.

As of Saturday, Clark was fired, and Pujols is suing him. Pujols said:

"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.

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."

Right now, Pujols is sitting out with a torn plantar fascia tendon in his foot, so he has nothing to do except fight to keep his name clean.

ESPN reported:

Clark, who served as the Dodgers hitting coach from 2000-03, said that Pujols' former trainer, Chris Muhlfeld, told him a decade ago that he "shot him up," referring to Pujols. Clark concluded that the current Angels first baseman and longtime Cardinals great "has been a juicer."

"I know for a fact he was," Clark said. "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."

Muhlfield was also contacted by ESPN and said:

"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."

Accusing someone of taking PEDs, or even repeating a story that was overheard about something this big is irresponsible. Clark played in the game and has worked in broadcasting, so you think he’d know better than this.

It says a lot about how much faith Clark's station had in his claims also, since they fired him.

At this point in time, it’s hard to put PED use past any player, and it really is the messiest of situations, but Pujols is right to sue Clark, if indeed he never used (because if it turned out that he did, he better be ready for a Ryan Braun-esque backlash). Once his name is out there, involved in a scandal, you can’t take it back, even if you’re cleared.

People tend to be more likely to read a story about someone who did something wrong, and not the one when he is finally exonerated. ​

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