It didn’t take long for legal proceedings between Albert Pujols and Jack Clark to get ugly as an attorney representing Clark accused Pujols of using a false name and challenged the Angels slugger to tale a polygraph test to determine if Pujols is telling the truth when he claims he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

Pujols’ attorney deemed the request for a polygraph “ridiculous” and in an email said it was “an absurd publicity ploy by a lawyer known for his hyperbole.”

Pujols filed a defamation suit in Missouri on Oct. 4 over Clark’s early August accusation on a radio show that Pujols used PEDs. The suit accuses Clark the former St. Louis Cardinals star of disseminating “malicious reckless and outrageous falsehoods” about Pujols.

Clark based his accusation on conversations he claimed he had with Chris Mihlfeld Pujols’ former personal trainer who worked with the Dodgers when Clark was the team’s hitting coach in 2000. Both Pujols and Mihlfeld have adamantly denied the charge.

In a five-page letter sent from Albert S. Watkins one of Clark’s St. Louis-based attorneys to Martin D. Singer Pujols’ Los Angeles-based attorney on Monday Watkins refers to Pujols as “Jose Alberto Pujols Alcantara” without offering any evidence to support the claim Pujols has been using an alias.

Watkins proposed that both Pujols and Clark submit to polygraph tests the results of which would be made public.

If Clark is found to be deceptive and Pujols truthful Clark “will climb to the highest mountain in a loin cloth (read: issue a public statement) fully retracting all objectionable statements apologizing to the world and promising to never cast Mr. Alcantara in any disparaging light to dispose of the case” Watkins writes.