I'm pretty disappointed to hear the news that former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has dropped his defamation lawsuit against Jack Clark.
It's not that I wish any ill upon Clark. But in the age of constant doubt about whether players are really clean, it would have been refreshing to see Pujols put his money where his mouth is and swear in court that he never used performance enhancing drugs in a court of law -- or at least in a deposition.
Pujols would have to -- HAVE TO -- be clean as a whistle, have more guts than any player before him in the major leagues or be terminally stupid to sue if he had something to hide.
I don't think it's the third option. And if he was really willing to go to trial, I'd lean pretty strongly against number two.
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But with a settlement, the fans aren't going to learn anything. Clark apologized because he didn't want to be financially ruined. And it turned out the whole idea that Pujols was willing to go to court to defend his reputation was a bluff.
I'm not saying this makes him seem guilty. It just takes away a rare opportunity for him to prove he's not.
Maybe I shouldn't care because Pujols is gone. But the records he set and accomplishments he reached will forever be a part of the Cardinals. So it would be nice to know that something like what happened with Mark McGwire isn't a possibility in the future.
It would also set the bar for other players to put their money where their mouth is. If Pujols was willing to go to court, the next time someone is accused it would have been easy to follow the precedent and tell them if they want to prove it to sue.