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Judge sides with Albert Pujols, who was sued by his cousin for defamation

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after hitting an RBI single in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 5, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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TMZ reports that a judge sided with Angels DH Albert Pujols and threw out a defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols’ cousin Wilfrido against Albert last year.

Wilfrido and his older brother were involved in a police chase back in 2007 that ended up killing another man. Wilfrido was cleared of wrongdoing, though his brother -- the driver -- had been using drugs and alcohol. The mother of the victim sent an email to Pujols’ foundation in 2014 which accused him and his wife of financially aiding the brothers. Pujols’ wife, Diedre, responded by writing, “These two young men have ruined many lives.” The mother posted the statement to her Facebook page publicly. Wilfrido says that statement made by Diedre ruined his reputation and helped derail his baseball career. Wilfrido wanted $27 million. He won’t be receiving anything.

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