Fight erupts between 2 MLB players over Fantasy Football rules
Reds outfielder Tommy Pham got into a physical altercation with Giants outfielder Joc Pederson last night over an alleged rule violation in their fantasy football league last season.
Yes, you read that right. Pham approached Pederson and slapped him during warmups over a disagreement over injured reserve designations in their fantasy league. According to Pederson, Pham accused him of cheating over placing a player who was injured in the IR slot, allowing him to add another player to his team.
Joc Pederson on the Fantasy Football incident
I can get the confusion because the rules vary from league to league. Some groups allow any player who is hurt to be placed in the IR slot, while other fantasy leagues only allow players actually on the injured reserved list to be placed there.
Regardless, Pham reportedly was doing the exact same thing, so this whole thing is a confusing mess.
“And it just so happened he had a player, Jeff Wilson, who was ‘out,’ and he had him on the IR. So I said, ‘you literally have the same thing on your bench.”
This league had to be insanely important to approach someone over an IR designation four months after the season ended. Hell, I couldn’t even tell you a single player who was on my team this past season.
Will Smith set the trend of just walking up and slapping whoever you disagree with, no matter wherever you are. I’m interested to see where this leads next. Are we going to have Udonis Haslem slap Draymond Green over his NBA Finals Prediction? The floodgates have opened.
Pham spoke with the media earlier this afternoon, and continues to make this situation even wilder. First off, he told reporters the Reds have suspended him three games.
What a wildly stupid thing to say publicly as a pro athlete. Even if it’s all blackjack-type bets, that’s something you just don’t go around saying. Also from my experience, those who go around screaming about how great they are in the casino, aren’t often the best.
Someone also managed to somehow leak a video of the slap.
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