Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Los Angeles Angels first basemen Albert Pujols has vowed to take legal action against ex-player and ex-radio host Jack Clark after he said that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs when playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.Clark, a four-time All-Star, made the allegations against Pujols on his St. Louis radio show on Friday, citing his source as one of Pujols' former personal trainers, who allegedly told Clark 10 years ago that he injected Pujols with PEDs.In a statement, Pujols called the allegations "irresponsible and reckless" and that he plans to sue Clark.The allegations come at a really bad time as Major League Baseball just recently suspended 13 players for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. So, making terrible accusations such as this one is definitely not something that should be taken lightly.Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, has already came out and denied Clark's allegations."I haven't even talked to Jack Clark in close to 10 years," Mihlfeld said in an email to NBCSports. "His statements are simply not true. I have known Albert Pujols since he was 18 years old and he would never use illegal drugs in any way. I would bet my life on it and probably drop dead on the spot if I found out he has. As before once again both Albert and myself have been accused of doing something we didn't do."Clark made the comments in his first week of co-hosting an afternoon radio show on WGNU 920 AM. The station has since fired Clark for his remarks.Additionally, Pujols has released a statement.I've said time and time again that I would never take, or even consider taking, anything illegal. I've been tested hundreds of times throughout my career and never once have I tested positive. It is irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to have falsely accused me of using PED's. My faith in Jesus Christ, and my respect for this game are too important to me. I would never be able to look my wife or kids in the eye if I had done what this man is accusing me of.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.I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers 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. 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.Pujols, 33, is currently on the disabled list with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 99 games before his injury.Via USA TODAY

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