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Jack Clark apologizes; Pujols will drop lawsuit

2014-02-11T09:00:00Z 2014-02-20T19:11:01Z Jack Clark apologizes; Pujols will drop lawsuitBy Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285 stltoday.com

A lawsuit that could have pitted one former Cardinals slugger against another over allegations of performance-enhancing drug use has been resolved as Jack Clark issued a public retraction Monday night for his comments made about three-time MVP Albert Pujols.

Pujols will drop the lawsuit he filed against Clark as a result, a source with knowledge of the decision confirmed.

“I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and reconfirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement he released and was provided to the Post-Dispatch.

“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.”

In October, Pujols sued Clark in St. Louis County over the comments Clark made during an August broadcast of his local sports talk radio show, “The King and The Ripper.” The program, which aired on WGNU (920 AM), has since been canceled.

Clark said that Pujols “was a juicer,” a slang term for a ballplayer who uses steroids or another banned performance-enhancing drug.

Clark insisted that he knew of a trainer who had provided PEDs to Pujols.

Pujols’ suit described Clark’s assertions as “malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods.”

The company that produced the show issued a long apology.

Pujols won three National League Most Valuable Player awards and two World Series trophies while with the Cardinals during an unprecedented 11-year start to his career. He signed with the Los Angeles Angels as a free agent after the 2011 season. He continues to make St. Louis his home.

In a statement in response to Clark’s apology, Pujols said: “I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name.”

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirdLandPD

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