Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Skip Schumaker made a strong statement in defense of former teammate Albert Pujols over the weekend. Responding to former big leaguer Jack Clark's allegations that Pujols used (and/or uses) performance-enhancing drugs, Schumaker shot down Clark's radio comments and defended Pujols' character, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
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"[Pujols] is the most honest guy I’ve ever been around," Schumaker said. "He’s a solid human being, a solid Christian. What he says is the truth. I’m 100 percent behind Albert. Everyone who has played with him is 100 percent behind Albert.
"What Jack is doing is wrong."
Clark, whose 18-year MLB career included three seasons in St. Louis, caused a stir last week when he alleged on his new radio show that Albert Pujols' former trainer -- Chris Mihlfeld -- admitted to shooting up the slugger over a decade ago.
Mihlfeld has vehemently denied that any such conversation ever took place, and Pujols has threatened legal action against Clark and his (now former) employer. Though Clark was fired as a result of his comments, he has stood by his accusations.
Schumaker, 33, played with Pujols in St. Louis from 2005-2011, so he likely has a much better idea of what the three-time MVP has or hasn't done than Clark. While I suppose one could make the argument that he is just defending Pujols because they are friends, Schumaker has shown absolutely no regard for PED users in the past, so it doesn't make much sense for him to defend one while lambasting others.