Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham on Saturday mentioned he agreed to a three-game suspension for slapping San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson within the cheek over a fantasy soccer dispute previous to Friday’s sport.
MLB mentioned Pham was suspended for “inappropriate conduct” and was additionally fined. The suspension was retroactive to Friday and runs by means of Sunday, when the Reds’ sequence with the Giants concludes in Cincinnati.
On Friday, Pham had confronted and smacked Pederson whereas the Giants warmed up within the outfield. The pair needed to be separated.
Pham on Saturday mentioned the dispute stemmed from an outdated textual content despatched by Pederson to the fantasy league’s group chat wherein Pham says Pederson disrespected his teammates on the San Diego Padres, for whom he performed final season.
“I slapped Joc,” Pham advised reporters Saturday. “He mentioned some s— I do not condone. I needed to handle it.
“… It was relating to my former staff [Padres]. I did not like that and I did not just like the sketchy s— happening within the fantasy. We had an excessive amount of cash on the road, so I take a look at it like there is a code. You are f—ing with my cash, then you are going to say some disrespectful s—; there is a code to this.”
On Friday, Pederson mentioned he was accused of dishonest for putting a participant on injured reserve and changing him with a free agent in a fantasy soccer league. Pederson mentioned the participant he placed on IR had been dominated out for that week, which made it a authorized transfer. He mentioned Pham had executed basically the identical maneuver together with his personal staff.
Pederson mentioned he had no advance discover that Pham may confront him throughout the sequence in Cincinnati.
“It was a shock,” Pederson advised reporters on Friday. “There was no actual argument. He type of got here up and mentioned, ‘Like, I do not know in case you keep in mind from final yr.’ And I used to be like, ‘Fantasy soccer.’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’”
Pham threatened violence to settle an on-field rating with San Diego’s Luke Voit in April, difficult the slugger to a battle after Voit injured Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson with a tough, ugly slide into house.
The Related Press contributed to this report.