Jack Clark accuses Albert Pujols of using PEDs on radio show

11:38 AM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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Xander Zellner, USA TODAY Sports

Jack Clark hasn't been a part of Major League Baseball since the early 2000s when he was the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he's back making headlines after accusing Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander of performance-enhancing drugs.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, in his first week of co-hosting the afternoon drive radio show with Kevin Slaten on WGNU 920 AM - a local station in St. Louis - Clark responded to Slaten's claim that Pujols used PEDs.

"I know for a fact he was. 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 was referring to Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols' former personal trainer when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals.

A 2006 Sports Illustrated article details the amicable relationship between Pujols and Mihlfeld, but the two parted ways when Mihlfeld's connection to Jason Grimsley came to light.

Mihlfeld was Grimsley's trainer, who was cited in the Mitchell Report for anabolic steroids and HGH.

In the article, Clark went into detail about Mihlfeld's connection to Pujols and steroids.

"I had asked him about conditioning and working me out, what he would do for me, and he asked me whether I had ever thought of taking some steroids. ... He just told me that he wanted me to get started on steroids and he had some other guys that were doing it. He told me that's how he's conditioning this guy that he met out of high school and college and he looked like he was going to be a star, keep an eye on him."

Clark was a decent ball player in his day. The former major leaguer averaged hit 340 home runs between 1975 and 1992 in a career that spanned 18 seasons.

Friday evening Pujols' agent, Josh Goldberg, sent NewsChannel 5 the following statement from Pujols"
"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."

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