Monday, September 26, 2022

Reds suspended for 3 games for slapping Pham Pedersen

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Cincinnati ( Associated Press) — Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham was suspended by Major League Baseball for three matches on Saturday after San Francisco Giants outfielder Jock Pedersen said Pham had played his fantasy football league because of a dispute. He was slapped.

Pham, 34, was also fined. The suspension was made retroactive to Friday night, and he will play the final two games this weekend.

When the Giants heated up in the outfield ahead of Friday’s series opener, Pham confronted Pedersen and hit him in the face before the pair parted ways.

Pedersen said after the Reds’ 5–1 win that he was accused of cheating to keep a player on injured reserve and to replace him with a free agent in a fantasy football league. Pedersen said the player he had placed in the IR was kicked out for the week, making it a legal move. He said Pham had carried out essentially the same maneuver with his team.

“I sent a screenshot of the rules, how it says if a player gets out, you’re allowed to put him on IR and that’s all I was doing,” Pedersen. “He literally did that. That was basically it all.”

Pedersen said he had no advance notice that Pham might face him during the series in Cincinnati.

“There was no argument, he came and said, ‘You remember from last year?’ And I said, ‘Fantasy football?'” Pedersen recalled.

The scuffle was witnessed by journalists and happened before fans entered the ballpark.

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