Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols sued former major league slugger Jack Clark on Friday over comments Clark made on a local radio show accusing Pujols of using steroids, reports the Associated Press.
The lawsuit was filed in Circuit Court in St. Louis County and seeks unspecified damages and asks for a determination and declaration that Clark's statements are false.
Clark, who was known during his 18 seasons in the majors as Jack the Ripper, said on an Aug. 2 show on WGNU-AM in St. Louis that Pujols' personal trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, disclosed that he "shot up" the young player and also offered Clark steroids. Clark also said he stands behind his story.
Pujols played for St. Louis from 2001-11, winning three National League Most Valuable Player awards. He then signed a $240-million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
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The petition says Pujols' "character and reputation are impeccable and beyond reproach" while Clark is "a struggling radio talk show host" who was chasing ratings in the first week his new show was on the air. The lawsuit came one day after three-time AL MVP Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig in New York for alleged interference with his current and prospective business deals. Rodriguez has a $275-million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees, the only baseball deal larger than Pujols' agreement.