Pujols drops suit against Clark

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels is no longer pursuing a defamation lawsuit against Jack Clark after the former major leaguer took back what he said last year about Pujols using performance-enhancing drugs.

"I have accepted Jack Clark's retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name," Pujols said in a statement.

Pujols denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clark said on a St. Louis radio station last summer that Pujols was in fact a "juicer" and knew a trainer who had provided the former Cardinals slugger with performance-enhancing drugs. Clark's show was subsequently discontinued.

"I would like to address Albert Pujols' pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs," Clark said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke and for that I sincerely apologize."

The 33-year-old Pujols played 11 seasons in St. Louis before signing a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels in December 2011. The three-time MVP was limited to 99 games with the Angels last season because of injuries and batted .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs.

In 13 major league seasons, Pujols has 492 homers and a career .321 batting average.

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