Tommy Pham Gives Reasons for Joc Pederson Slap: ‘Too Much Money on the Line’

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This story continues to unfold.

We’ve already told you that Reds OF Tommy Pham slapped Giants OF Joc Pederson before their two teams faced off on Friday night because of a Fantasy Football dispute. We told you that MLB has already stepped in to investigate.

Joc Pederson has also already given his version of events. Now, it’s Tommy’s turn. According to Giants beat reporter Evan Webeck, Pham has confirmed that he slapped Pederson and he gave explicit reasons why.

“He said some sh– I don’t condone. I had to address it.”

That wasn’t all he said:


Now we come to the real root of the story here: money. Though Pederson insisted that there was just a misunderstanding about a particular player’s eligibility in their Fantasy Football league last year, that misunderstanding must’ve cost Pham some serious cash. And Pham couldn’t or wouldn’t let it go.

“I had to address it,” Pham claimed.

I get it. I narrowly lost the OutKick Fantasy Football league this year to Sam Amico, and I’m fairly certain still I owe him a Thursday Night Mowing League t-shirt as a result. So I know what it is to have a lot on the line.

But Pham needs to keep a cooler head about these things. He says he’s already been suspended for three games, and that may not be the only consequence. My guess is that Pham’s Fantasy Football invite will get lost somewhere in the ether this fall.


Written by Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.


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  1. Miss Pham needs to understand its a crime when you go hands on and we have a thing called free speech and some dudes won’t just stand there and let you slap them don’t want to. learn a hard lesson or maybe you do

  2. This dude is walking around half cocked looking for fights. Luke Voit ran over the Reds’ catcher in a game with the Padres early this season, and Pham said he wanted to Muay Thai fight him. Let’s calm down. Deep breaths.

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