Albert Pujols, a former St. Louis Cardinals star, has sued another former Cardinal, Jack Clark, for comments Clark made over the summer alleging that Pujols used steroids.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the lawsuit was filed today, and it claims the comments by Clark – made on the radio – “have damaged Pujols’ reputation, causing him personal humiliation, mental anguish and anxiety …” and they were “malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods.” What does Pujols want? No dollar figure has been attached.
The suit seeks exemplary and punitive damages but doesn’t mention a dollar figure. It also seeks “general and special damages against Clark” — “special” damages being for something such as lost contracts or lost endorsements and “general” being for such things as anxiety and stress.
The comments Clark made whipped around the internet quickly, and the radio station fired Clark. Presumably, that swift action prevented the radio station from being named in the lawsuit.
Obviously this one won’t get to court, as the two sides will probably settle, with Clark making a public apology, at the minimum. Can you imagine this case actually happening? It’d be fascinating. Given baseball’s dirty decade, one wonders what Clark’s lawyers could dig up on the future Hall of Famer. [via Post Dispatch]