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Tommy Pham Slapped Joc Pederson During Batting Practice Over a Fantasy Football Disagreement

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SJ - May 28, 2022

Slapping people in the face has officially gone too far.  As if an actor walking on stage during an awards show and slapping a comedian for a joke already wasn't too far.  On Friday night Reds outfielder Tommy Pham took slapping to a whole new level.

Pham approached Giants outfielder Joc Pederson during batting practice and slapped him in the face over a fantasy football disagreement.  Seriously fantasy football.  Pham was then removed from the lineup and didn't play in the 5-1 Reds win.

Via The Athletic:

Giants outfielder Joc Pederson said he was slapped by Reds outfielder Tommy Pham over a fantasy football league disagreement during batting practice before Friday's 5-1 Reds victory at Great American Ball Park.

"He kind of came up and said like ‘you remember from last year?’" Pederson recalled after Friday's game. "And I was like ‘fantasy football?’ He was like ‘yeah.’”

That, Pederson said, is when Pham slapped him on his left cheek.

Pederson was asked about the slap after the game.  If you're wondering if Pederson deserved the slap or not it sounds like he's the guy who stashes players on his bench so......

I guess you can't slap a guy over fantasy football, unless there was a ton of money on the line.  In that case anything goes.  We need to find out how much money there was on the line before we pass judgment.  Hopefully Major League Baseball is considering that as well.

I also think if Pham would have just said he slapped Pederson because of his hair then he would have been allowed to remain in the lineup.  That's much more understandable than the whole fantasy football disagreement.

 

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