There was no Chris Rock joke preceding this slap. Just a fantasy football league gone wrong.
Reds outfielder Tommy Pham slapped Giants outfielder Joc Pederson prior to the team’s game Friday night (Saturday AEST). The altercation occurred in the outfield prior to the series-opener at Great American Ball Park.
It was not related to anything on the field. Instead, it was the result of a text exchange between the two in a fantasy football group chat that includes players from multiple teams, according to the report.
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The pair quickly were separated.
Pham was scratched from the lineup just before the game.
“We’re investigating it and learning as much as we can about the incident,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said, prior to the game. “We’re taking it very seriously. Until we have a clear understanding of what happened, not willing to discuss it.”
“Again, still looking into it,” Kapler said. “Taking it very seriously and learning as much as I and we can as quickly as we can. Not yet prepared to discuss it.”
Pederson explained what went down post-game.
“We’re in a fantasy league together. I put a player on injured reserve when they were listed as out and added another player,” he said.
“And then there was a text message in the group saying I was cheating because I was stashing players on my bench. Then I dunno, I looked up the rules and sent a screenshot where it says when a player is ruled out, you’re allowed to put them on the IR, and that’s all I was doing.
“It just so happened he had a player, (49ers running back) Jeff Wilson, who was out and he had him on the IR and I said you literally have the same thing on your team, on your bench.
“I guess he was in two leagues and in one of them he was on the IR and one of them he wasn’t, maybe that was a confusion, but on the ESPN league we were in he was listed as out. It feels very similar to what I did, and that was basically, there’s not that much more to it.”