ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Two months after being served with a lawsuit for accusing Albert Pujols of using performance enhancing drugs, former Cardinal Jack Clark is now requesting Pujols prove his innocence with a lie detector test.
Clark's attorney, Albert Watkins, issued a letter to Pujols proposing the two men take the test to settle the controversy. The offer would be good for only 10 days, Watkins said.
According to the terms outlined by Watkins, Pujols would be asked if he lied when saying he never used steroids or PEDs in the minor and major leagues. Meanwhile, Clark would be asked if he lied when saying Pujols' former trainer admitted to providing the former Cardinals slugger with PEDs.
Watkins said Jack Clark would issue a public statement admitting he was wrong if he failed the polygraph test. Were Pujols to fail the polygraphy test, Watkins said the lawsuit would be dismissed and Pujols should have to apologize the Clark.
Who would administer the polygraph test? Watkins said either a certified polygraph expert chosen by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, a certified polygraph tester determined by the St. Louis County Circuit Court, or a certified tester agreed upon by both sides.
At the end of the letter, Watkins brings up Lance Armstrong, the former seven-time Tour de France champion who was eventually exposed as a cheat after years of denials and legal action against accusers.
"Lance Armstrong used the court system to bully into submission those who spoke out about his doping," Watkins said. "In the end, that wasn't a very successful PR campaign."
Before the suit against Clark was filed, Pujols issued the following statement through his agent:
"I've said time and time again that I would never take, or even consider taking, anything illegal. I've been tested hundreds of times throughout my career and never once have I tested positive. It is irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to have falsely accused me of using PED's. My faith in Jesus Christ, and my respect for this game are too important to me. I would never be able to look my wife or kids in the eye if I had done what this man is accusing me of.
"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 920AM. I am going to send a message that you cannot act in a reckless manner, like they have, and get away with it. If I have to be the athlete to carry the torch and pave the way for other innocent players to see that you can do something about it, I am proud to be that person. I have five young children and I take being a role model very seriously. The last thing I want is for the fans, and especially the kids out there, to question my reputation and character."