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Pujols' attorney fires back at polygraph offer in defamation suit

Pujols' attorney fires back at polygraph offer in defamation suit

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An attorney for former Cardinals star Albert Pujols, who is suing former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark for defamation, said it was “an absurd publicity ploy” for Clark’s attorney to suggest both men take lie-detector tests rather than resort to litigation.

Martin Singer, an attorney in Los Angeles, where Pujols now plays for the Angels, wrote that his client would be willing to testify under oath about Clark’s claims that Pujols used steroids.

“Sworn testimony under penalty of perjury — not inadmissible polygraphs and absurd publicity ploys — is what counts,” Singer wrote.

The statement was a response to an offer made Monday in a letter from Clark’s attorney to Pujols’ legal team. Clark’s attorney Al Watkins proposed settling the lawsuit by both sides submitting to polygraph tests.

Clark was sued by Pujols on Oct. 4 in St. Louis County over comments Clark made in early August during “The King and The Ripper” sports talk program on WGNU (920 AM). Clark said on-air he knew for a fact that Pujols “was a juicer.” He also claimed that former Pujols trainer Chris Mihlfeld confided in him about shooting up Pujols with performance-enhancing drugs in 2000. Mihlfeld has denied saying that to Clark. The radio show was canceled. The company that produced the show, insideSTL, issued a lengthy retraction and apology.

Pujols’ suit called Clark’s statements “malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods.”

But Clark has stood by his claims. Watkins said his client has admitted to a poor choice of words for claiming he knew for certain that Pujols used steroids. Clark had that information only secondhand, Watkins said.

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