Steroid Allegations Lead To Legal Threat And Termination Of St. Louis Hosts
Allegations that Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols used performance enhancing drugs as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals have led to legal threats against WGNU St. Louis afternoon hosts Jack Clark, Kevin Slaten, and the management of the station.
Clark, who played in the majors for 18 years and also served as hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, claimed that Pujols and a couple other players used steroids during their playing career. Pujols released a statement last night that he planned to take legal action against Clark and WGNU.
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.
WGNU brokers its weekday programming to Tim McKernan’s InsideSTL Enterprises, which began operating the station as “CBS Sports 920” on August 1. Claiming that Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten are independent contractors and not employees of either WGNU or InsideSTL, the group announced early this morning that Clark and Slaten will not return to the station after just seven shows.
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