October 1, 2022
Cincinnati Reds' Tommy Pham suspended three games for slapping San Francisco Giants' Joc Pederson

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham on Saturday said he agreed to a three-game suspension for slapping San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson in the cheek over a fantasy football dispute prior to Friday’s game.

MLB said Pham was suspended for “inappropriate conduct” and was also fined. The suspension was retroactive to Friday and runs through Sunday, when the Reds’ series with the Giants concludes in Cincinnati.

Pham on Saturday said the dispute stemmed from an old text sent by Pederson to the fantasy league’s group chat in which Pham says Pederson disrespected his teammates on the San Diego Padres, for whom he played last season.

“… It was regarding my former team [Padres]. I didn’t like that and I didn’t like the sketchy s— going on in the fantasy. We had too much money on the line, so I look at it like there’s a code. You’re f—ing with my money, then you’re going to say some disrespectful s—; there’s a code to this.”

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