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Pujols accused of using PEDs, responds with legal action

Albert Pujols, shown in this 2012 file photo, anounced Friday evening that he will be taking legal action against former player Jack Clark for falsely accusing him of using steroids in a radio show.
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Jack Clark may be in more trouble than he bargained for.

The former major leaguer began his new job as a sports talk host on WGNU in St. Louis by leveling PED accusations against injured Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander during his afternoon drive time show.

Pujols responded shortly afterward with a vow to sue the one-time Cardinals' slugger and his new employer.

Clark said "I know for a fact he was [a user]. 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.”

The trainer in question, Chris Mihlfeld, denied such a conversation even took place in an email response to the media.

"I haven’t even talked to Jack Clark in 10 years," Mihlfeld said. "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."

Then on Friday, Pujols released the following statement on the matter:

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.

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.

Pujols is currently on the disabled list because of a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his foot and was back in Southern California while the Angels were beginning their road trip in Cleveland.

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