Jack Clark is going to be spending a lot of time in courtrooms over the next few months.
The lawsuit comes in response to comments that Clark made on August 2nd in his first week on a new sports talk show in St. Louis. The one-time Cardinal accused Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs while a member of the Cardinals.
Pujols is seeking unspecified damages that would be donated to charity and a declaration and determination that the statements made were false.
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.”
Clark also leveled the same accusations against Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. Verlander also denied Clark's claims and, like Pujols, had considered taking legal action.
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. "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 statement and subsequent threat of legal action by Pujols resulted in the firing of Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten from their afternoon drive-time show.
A short time after their dismissal, the pair sued their employers for wrongful termination, a case that is still awaiting trial.
On August 10th, Clark followed up his accusations with the following tweet: "I completely stand by the story I told 8 days ago about conversations 13 years ago w/ Mihlfeld. He will never admit it."
Clark has had a history of run-ins with star players on teams over the years. The former first baseman made statements in Boston that slammed Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres.
"I've been doing the same things my whole career, playing the same way. Now, why is it an issue? Because Jack Clark says it is," Gwynn said at the time in response to Clark's comments.
Clark played two seasons in San Diego after being traded by the New York Yankees because of his disdain for the American League.
"I hate that damn league. Every game lasts 3 1/2 to 4 hours. No wonder the fans are bored over there," Clark told the Boston Globe at the time.