The months-long legal battle between two former Cardinal greats is over.
After claiming on-air in August that he knew "for a fact" that Albert Pujols was a "juicer," former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark now says he "misspoke."
"I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs," Clark said in a public retraction Monday night. His statement goes on to describe his on-air comments were the result of a "heated discussion on air."
"I sincerely apologize," he concluded.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Pujols accepted the apology and resolved his defamation lawsuit against Clark.
The conclusion to this intra-Cardinals spat is weak sauce compared to the histrionics of the case. Pujols filed the lawsuit in October in response to an August broadcast of The King and The Ripper on WGNU (920 AM).
Clark's on-air comments so freaked out the show's producers that they fired Clark and his co-host, cancelled the show and publicly issued multiple apologies to Pujols. Shortly afterward, Clark doubled down on his allegations, saying he stood by his previous remarks and would welcome the opportunity to test his word against Pujols in court. He even challenged Pujols polygraph showdown.
Clark's attorney Albert Watkins later added snarky fuel to the fire in the form a lengthy, open letter to Pujols' lawyer, who in turn accused Watkins of creating a "media circus." In January, Watkins filed a motion to dismiss Pujols' lawsuit.
Now that the lawsuit is finished, Cardinals Nation will need a new sports distraction from the still-smarting World Series loss. Though it doesn't involve dueling polygraph tests or angry lawyers (yet), may we suggest rooting for openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam? Or, you know, you can just wallow in baseball depression. Whatever works for you.