LOS ANGELES -- An attorney representing former major leaguer Jack Clark has challenged Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols -- whom he referred to as Jose Alberto Pujols Alcantara -- to take a polygraph test to determine whether Pujols is telling the truth that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
Pujols filed a defamation suit in Missouri on Oct. 4 over an accusation commentator Clark made in early August on a radio show that Pujols used PEDs. Clark has said he based his accusation on conversations he had with Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols' former personal trainer who worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers when Clark was the team's hitting coach in 2000. Both Pujols and Mihlfeld have denied Clark's allegation.
Pujols' Los Angeles-based attorney, Martin D. Singer, called the polygraph request "ridiculous" and "an absurd publicity ploy" in an email response.
"What matters in court is sworn testimony," he added.
Albert S. Watkins, one of Clark's St. Louis-based attorneys, proposed in a letter to Singer that both Pujols and Clark submit to polygraphs. If Clark was found to be deceptive and Pujols truthful, Watkins said Clark would retract his statements and apologize. If "Mr. Alcantara" was found to be deceptive and Clark truthful, the lawsuit would be dismissed and Clark would be owed an apology. If both were found deceitful, the lawsuit would be dismissed and neither side would apologize.
Watkins did not explain his reference to Pujols by a different name, and Singer did not address it in his response.
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