Tommy Pham has been suspended for beating Joc Pederson, in a text message
Tommy Pham was suspended for three games, starting Friday, after beating San Francisco Giants player Joc Pederson in a friendly match on Friday.
“I hit Joc,” Pham said. “He did something (insulting) that I didn’t like, so I had to deal with it.”
The controversy stemmed from their exciting final football match and what Pham described as a “disrespectful” message from Pederson about his former San Diego Padres teammates.
Pederson read out a text message to the San Francisco press after Saturday’s game.
“I sent the GIFs to the chat groups that made fun of Padres,” Pederson said. “In a group chat, there was more than one priest, maybe four or five and I liked a few of them. It had to be friendly, just joking that he was playing bad. And just talking back and forth, he didn’t like that.
“He replied, ‘Joc, I don’t know you very well enough to make jokes like this.’ ”
The GIF that Pederson heard contained three heavy carriers with the Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Padres team logs on top of each of them. The weight carrier under Padres was soon hit by his weight and fell.
“Because he was a very good team, it was kind of funny that he didn’t play well to make playoffs with a talented team,” Pederson said. “I was in the same group with some of them. It had to be light. I understand that everyone takes jokes differently, so I apologize for that. I’m looking forward to going through this and appearing tomorrow without interruptions.”
In a thrilling match, Pederson said he was charged with felony criminal mischief for placing a player in an injured area after the player was declared unconscious. Pederson said he showed that Pham did the same with one of his players, running back Jeff Wilson.
In a rehearsal on Friday, Pham approached Pederson, telling him he had not forgotten what had happened in their fantasy league and slapped him in the face.
“We had a lot of money on the line,” Pham said. “You can see if there is a code. You are squandering my money and speaking rudely (insultingly), there are rules about this.”
Pham did not elaborate on Pederson’s text as he spoke to reporters before Saturday’s game, but saw it immediately and told Pederson how he felt.
“It was something (things) you don’t say,” Pham said. “I told her in a text message that, as soon as she sent it, I’m not kind to you. He would have known right away.
The fantasy football tournament features MLB players from a variety of backgrounds, including Mike Moustakas, Pham said.
“It was last year,” Pham said. “I was in second place after leaving the league. There was a lot of money on that line. I am a big dog in Vegas. I am a big roller coaster in many casinos. You can check out my credit line. We played for a lot of money. I don’t have to go into details about the amount, but I do look if you lose, you have to pay twice. If you came to the last place, you had to pay twice. As a result, I felt like he was wasting (disrupting) my money and disrespecting me. “
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Pham lost $ 111,111 on a three-match suspension, plus an undisclosed fine in the league.
Knowing the potential for suspension, why did Pham hit Pederson?
“Based on the text messages he sent to my former team and how I feel if there are any mistakes going on in the league,” said Pham, “that’s why.”
Pham did not feature in Friday’s opening game against the Giants, a 5-1 victory, as he said he was forced by the MLB. The Reds announced the match at the start of the match that Pham agreed not to play pending an MLB investigation into the dispute.
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Pederson confirmed that Giants manager Gabe Kapler and general manager Farhan Zaidi had pressured the Reds to take over the Pham seat. Michael Hill, MLB’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Public Works, has announced that Pham has been suspended and fined for “misconduct”. Pham said he accepted the suspension without appeal because “it sounds like if I appeal, it could get worse.”
“I think every time someone hits someone, it’s dangerous,” Kapler told reporters on Saturday, “and what we all know will not happen at work.”
Pham said the altercation with Pederson ended after he was slapped Friday. They will have the rest of the series against the Giants, but the Reds will travel to San Francisco for three games from June 24-26.
“Look, I’m in this game playing baseball,” said Pham. “If he had a problem, he would have to solve it right away. There were not many people in the outer courtyard. It was me and (Albert) Almora for a good 20-30 seconds. If you wanted to do something, you would do it. ”