Jack Clark, co-host fired after Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander PED use accusations

Mike Ehrmann

After making baseless claims of PED use by Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander, St. Louis radio station WNGU decided Jack Clark wasn't worth the trouble, firing the former MLB player/sports talk radio host after just seven shows.

Former MLB player Jack Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten of "The King and The Ripper" sports talk radio show on St. Louis' WNGU, 920 AM, made waves nationally for Clark accusing Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander of PED use.

In Pujols' case, Clark went further, claiming it was a "fact."

Pujols vigorously denied Clark's claims, and responded by readying a lawsuit.

"I know people are tired of athletes saying they are innocent, asking for the public to believe in them, only to have their sins exposed later down the road. But I am not one of those athletes, and I will not stand to have my name and my family’s name, dragged through the mud. I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU (920 AM).

When asked for a response, Verlander called the claim "moronic" and also hinted at legal action.

Verlander hesitated when asked if Clark’s accusations might prompt action by Verlander’s attorney. He later allowed, "Could be, yeah."

With controversy and possible legal trouble swirling around the show, the company employing Clark and Slaten decided they weren't worth the trouble. They were fired early Saturday morning.

Shortly after midnight Saturday morning, the company that has put Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten on the air abruptly announced they will not be returning — after just seven shows.

Who knew there could be repercussions claiming as fact unverifiable personal anecdotes, decade old hearsay and conjecture on sports talk radio?

Update: Jack Clark won't go down without getting in the last word on Twitter. He stands by the Pujols claims, while denying he said anything about Verlander and PEDs.

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