In August, former Major Leaguer Jack Clark went on his St. Louis radio show and claimed that he knew “for a fact” Albert Pujols took steroids. The station, WGNU 920, promptly fired Clark after Pujols threatened to take legal action. Pujols lived up to his word, filing a suit against Clark last week.
Wednesday morning, the station issued a formal apology and retraction of Clark’s comments. The station played a recorded message from InsideStl Enterprises owner Tim McKernan:
insideSTL Enterprises publicly retracts the allegations of PED use by Albert Pujols made on the station recently. We regret that these statements were made. To the extent that our transmission and broadcast of these statements was perceived by anyone as indicating support for, or validation of, those allegations, we emphasize that we had no advance knowledge of the allegations, we did not make them, we know of no proof or evidence to substantiate them, and we disavow and retract them.
We believe that Albert Pujols is a man of principle, faith, and character. We sincerely apologize to Albert Pujols, and his wife and family, for any damage this situation may have caused them, and we assure them that insideSTL has tremendous respect for the person he is, both on and off the field.
The timing of the apology and retraction seems a little late, considering Pujols filed his lawsuit last week. That said, it still probably a longshot this ends up going to court.