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Albert Pujols angrily denies PED use; plans to take legal action

August 09, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels slugger Albert Pujols denies he has ever taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Angels slugger Albert Pujols denies he has ever taken performance-enhancing… (Harry How / Getty Images )

CLEVELAND — Angels slugger Albert Pujols angrily denied an accusation by former major leaguer Jack Clark that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his early days with the St. Louis Cardinals, and he plans to take legal action against Clark and the radio station Clark works for.

In a statement that Pujols released through the Angels after a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians Friday night, Pujols said:

“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 PEDs.  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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