Jack Clark was only seven shows in to a new radio hosting gig, but the former MLB player is now out of a job after accusing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clark, a former Major League star, was talking about performance-enhancing drugs in a show when the discussion turned to whether Pujols is juicing. Clark, who himself was a decent home run hitter with 340 career homers, said he knew for a fact that Pujols was using.
“The trainer that worked with him, threw him batting practice from Kansas City, that worked him out every day, basically told me that’s what he did,” Clark said.
Clark claimed that while he was serving as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000, he met Pujols’ former personal trainer, Chris Mihfield. In discussions with Mihfield Clark claims he learned firsthand how Pujols was using performance-enhancing drugs.
“He told me that’s how he’s conditioning this guy that he met out of high school and college and he looked like he was going to be a star, keep an eye on him,” Clark recalled, a conversation referring to Pujols.
But Mihfield claims he hasn’t talked to Clark in a decade, and that he never helped Albert Pujols use performance-enhancing drugs.
Jack Clark is now paying dearly for the accusation. InsideSTL, the company that puts his show on the air, announced Saturday that both Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten had been fired.
Pujols has also said he’s planning to take legal action against Clark and his now former employer 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,” Pujols said in a statement. “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.”
Though the allegations Jack Clark made against Pujols at least appears to be based on a firsthand account, the radio host has made other, more bizarre, accusations. He claimed Justin Verlander was using performance-enhancing drugs based on the velocity he’s lost on his pitches, and that former player Shawn Green had “bacne” that indicated he was on steroids.
Slaten said he plans to sue the radio station for his termination, and Jack Clark said he’s also considering a wrongful termination suit.