05/28 14:16 CDT Reds' Pham suspended for 3 games for slapping Pederson
Reds' Pham suspended for 3 games for slapping Pederson
CINCINNATI (AP) --- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham was suspended by
Major League Baseball for three games on Saturday after he slapped San
Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson because of a dispute about their
fantasy football league.
Pham, 34, also was fined. The suspension was made retroactive to Friday night,
and he will serve the final two games this weekend.
While the Giants warmed up in the outfield before Friday's series opener, Pham
confronted Pederson and smacked him in the face before the pair was separated.
Pham said Saturday there was some "sketchy" stuff going on with the fantasy
league, and Pederson also made "disrespectful" comments about his former team,
the San Diego Padres.
"We had too much money on the line, so I look at it like there's a code," Pham
Pham also said Pederson was "messing with my money."
Pederson said after Friday night's game that he was accused of cheating for
placing a player on injured reserve and replacing him with a free agent in a
fantasy football league. Pederson said the player he put on IR had been ruled
out for that week, which made it a legal move. He said Pham had executed
essentially the same maneuver with his own team.
"I sent a screenshot of the rules, how it says that if a player's ruled out,
you're allowed to put him on the IR and that's all I was doing," Pederson. "He
literally did the same thing. That was basically all of it."
Pederson said he had no advance notice that Pham might confront him during the
series in Cincinnati.
"There was no argument, he kind of came up and said, ?You remember from last
year?' and I said, ?Fantasy football?'" Pederson recalled.
Asked Saturday about Pham's comments, Pederson declined comment.
The scuffle was witnessed by reporters and occurred before fans entered the
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