Albert Pujols scored a huge victory for his reputation and those of clean baseball players on Monday.
The Angels' first baseman dropped his lawsuit against former major leaguer Jack Clark after the one-time Cardinal retracted his comments from a radio show last August and issued an apology.
In a report originally released by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch early on Monday, Clark issued the following statement:
"I would like to address Albert Pujols' pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs."
I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke and for that I sincerely apologize."
Once the retraction and apology became public, Pujols dropped the lawsuit and issued the following statement:
"I have accepted Jack Clark's retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name."
Clark ended up the target of litigation from Pujols when, in his first week of a new radio gig on a St. Louis sports talk station, said that he "knew for a fact" that the 33-year-old slugger took performance-enchancing drugs while a member of the Cardinals.
A media firestorm immediately followed, with Craig Mihlfeld, Pujols' one-time trainer and Clark's alleged source, denied the accusations
Pujols' trainer at the time, Chris Mihlfeld, denied the conversation with Clark ever took place and also denied the accusation.
"I haven’t even talked to Jack Clark in 10 years," Mihlfeld said back in August. "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."
The statements resulted in Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten being fired from their jobs.