ANAHEIM -- Former player Jack Clark issued a public retraction Monday of allegations he made on a St. Louis radio show claiming Angels first baseman Albert Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs.
As a result, Pujols agreed to drop the defamation lawsuit he filed against Clark in October, resolving what could've been a nasty and lengthy legal battle between the two former Cardinals sluggers.
"I would like to address Albert Pujols' pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs," Clark said in a statement, according to the St. Louis 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."
Pujols responded by saying through a statement: "I have accepted Jack Clark's retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name."
The issue stemmed from an August broadcast of the talk show "The King and The Ripper" on WGNU 920 AM in St. Louis. During the show, Clark said Pujols was "a juicer" based on conversations he had with Pujols' ex-trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, whom Clark insisted used to "shoot him up" with PEDs.
Mihlfeld and Pujols vehemently denied those claims, Clark's show was promptly cancelled and the company that produced it issued a public apology.
Pujols' suit in St. Louis County Court described Clark's allegations as "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods."
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