Jack Clark is at least partially off the hook. The former Cardinals slugger has apologized for accusing Albert Pujols of PED use and officially retracted his words.
“I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke and for that I sincerely apologize.”
Clark made his allegations on his now-defunct radio show, saying he knew “for a fact” that one-time Cardinals superstar Pujols was a juicer. Not surprising that Pujols shot back with a defamation suit.
Clark has now used the rule of take-backsies to make the suit go away. So Jack has that going for him. He no longer is facing a defamation suit.
Of course he’s still out of a job, his radio show having been canceled in the wake of his dumb, unfounded Pujols allegations.
He should have remembered the rule of have proof before you accuse, then he wouldn’t have needed to use the rule of take-backsies to rescue himself from getting his butt sued.
So many bitter ’80s guys taking shot at ’90s and ’00s guys for “juicing.” Yeah okay so a lot of them did juice, but still. Bitterness is ugly. And proof is helpful.