Tommy Pham suspended 3 games, says slap was over fantasy football and 'disrespectful' text

May 28, 2022

Tommy Pham was suspended for three games, retroactive to Friday, after he slapped San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson during Friday’s batting practice.

“I slapped Joc,” Pham said. “He did some (expletive) I don’t condone, so I had to address it.”

The dispute stemmed from their fantasy football league last offseason and what Pham described as a “disrespectful” text message from Pederson about his former San Diego Padres teammates.

Pederson read from the text messages in the group chat to reporters after Saturday's game.

"I did send a GIF in the group chat that was making fun of the Padres," Pederson said. "In the group chat, there was more than one Padre, there was maybe four or five and I'm kind of close with a couple of them. It was supposed to be a friendly thing, just making fun of they were playing bad, and just talking back and forth. He did not like that.

"He responded, 'Joc, I don't know you well enough to make any jokes like this.' I wrote back, 'It was meant to be all fun and games. No hard feelings. Sorry if you took it that way.' Then about two weeks later, after like Week 4 or 5, he ended up leaving the league and there has been no communication since."

Source: Yahoo Sports (Photo by: The Toronto Star)