In the current environment of suspicion surrounding MLB, players are considered guilty until proven innocent of using PEDs. However, like the unwritten rules of baseball, it's in your best interest to keep those thoughts to yourself. St. Louis radio host Jack Clark learned that lesson this weekend after blaming the poor seasons Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander are having on their bodies cycling off of steroids.
Clark claimed on his radio show that Pujols' former trainer Chris Mihlfeld told him a decade ago that he show Pujols up, but when reached for comment by ESPN.com's T.J. Quinn on Friday, Mihlfeld denied telling Clark that Pujols was a juicer.
After seven shows WGNU 920 AM in St. Louis terminated Clark's show and now it appears Pujols is set to take legal action as well.
"I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU 920AM," Pujols said in a statement released Friday. "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."
"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."