Former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is suing former Cardinals star Jack Clark over comments Clark made accusing Pujols of using steroids.
The suit was filed Friday in St. Louis County.
On Aug. 2, Clark said during his The King and the Ripper radio program on WGNU 920 AM that he knew "for a fact" that Pujols used steroids and performance enhancing drugs.
Clark's statements are lies that have damaged Pujols' reputation, causing him personal humiliation, mental anguish and anxiety, the suit says.
The suit calls Clark's statements "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods."
Pujols' suit says his character and reputation are "impeccable and beyond reproach" and calls Clark a "struggling radio talk show host."
Clark couldn't be immediately reached for comment. But his attorney, Chet Pleban, said he hasn't seen the suit. But, Pleban said, Clark would welcome a jury trial over the matter.
"Jack has said all along and, certainly, continues to say that if Albert Pujols wants to file the lawsuit, he looks forward to defending the lawsuit before 12 unbiased people who don't have a horse in the race," Pleban said. "And we'll look forward to the discovery process and the deposition of Mr. Pujols. I have a variety of questions for Mr. Pujols."
Clark was an independent contractor who bought airtime from insideStl Enterprises, a company that in turn buys weekday airtime on WGNU to air a series of sports-related talk shows.
During the Aug. 2 show, Clark alleged that he was told in 2000 by former Pujols trainer Chris Mihlfeld that Mihlfeld had "shot (Pujols) up" with steroids. Clark and Mihlfeld both worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization at the time. At one point, co-host Kevin Slaten said he long had believed that Pujols "has been a juicer." Clark responded, "I know for a fact he was."
The suit does not name the radio station, Slaten or insideStl Enterprises as defendants.
The radio company had issued at least two similar apologies in recent weeks, but Thursday's on-air apology marked the most full-throated and specific of the mea culpas.
On Aug. 10, insideSTL Enterprises said it had "terminated its relationship" with Clark and Slaten, who it described as independent contractors, after just seven shows.
That's not enough, according to Pujols' suit.
"Cutting Clark off at the microphone will not undo the harm to Pujols' reputation caused by Clark," the suit says.
Pujols, who now plays for the Los Angeles Angels, is suing to preserve and salvage his good name, the suit says.
The suit says any monetary damages will be donated to charity.
Additionally, the suit asks for a determination and declaration that the statements made by Clark are false.
Pujols released a statement Friday afternoon through his agent at MVP Sports Group, which read in part: "My lawyers have told me that the upcoming legal fight will not be an easy one, and that in cases like this even a liar can sometimes be protected under the law. But as a man of faith, I have never shied away from standing up for the truth, and I believe that the principles at stake are too important to sit back and do nothing. I believe we are all accountable for the things we do and say, and it was important for me to stand up for what was right against those who would seek to drag me down to try and build themselves up. I have always believed in the principles of honesty and accountability, and will continue to fight for them here."