On Friday, former St. Louis Cardinals player Jack Clark insinuated that Albert Pujols had used steroids early in his career. That statement has now cost him his job as radio co-host on WGNU, a gig he hasn't even held down for a week.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Clark has brought Pujols’ situation up at least twice already on the air. The first time, after Slaten said last Friday that he long has believed that Pujols “has been a juicer,” Clark jumped in before Slaten finished his thought and said, “I know for a fact he was. 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.”
"The trainer" is Chris Mihlfeld; the two were employed as coaches for the Dodgers in the early 2000s. According to Clark, Mihlfeld—Pujols's former personal trainer—said he had shot Pujols up with steroids. Mihlfeld vehemently denied ever saying that, adding that he hasn't talked to Clark in about 10 years. (That doesn't disprove much, since Clark said Mihlfeld told him the story in the early 2000s.)
If you're going to accuse one of the greatest current hitters in the MLB of steroid use by claiming someone "basically" told you so, it shouldn't be surprising when people call bullshit. If Clark had maybe a shred of evidence, then yeah, people would listen, but as it stands, he thought out loud in front of a microphone, and it cost him a job. Oh, and Pujols is now considering legal action.
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