Albert Pujols drops defamation suit

Updated: February 11, 2014, 10:54 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols dropped a defamation lawsuit against Jack Clark on Monday after Clark issued a statement retracting his previous comments alleging that Pujols had used performance-enhancing drugs.

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Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesAlbert Pujols has consistently maintained that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs.

"I have accepted Jack Clark's retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name," Pujols said in a statement released Monday evening.

Clark created a stir on St. Louis sports talk radio last summer when he said he knew "for a fact'' that Pujols was a "juicer,'' and added that he had knowledge of a trainer who had given PEDs to the veteran slugger. Clark's radio show was subsequently cancelled.

Pujols has consistently maintained that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs.

"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 that was initially 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."

Pujols, 33, made nine All-Star teams and won three MVP awards in 11 seasons with the Cardinals before leaving St. Louis to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels in December 2011.

Jerry Crasnick | email

ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer

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