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‘Don’t Think Violence Is the Answer’- Joc Pederson Revealed What Happened Between Him and Tommy Pham

Published 05/28/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

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San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson finally opened up about his recent beef with Tommy Pham. Notably, the Cincinnati Reds star slapped Pederson during the pregame session in the ballpark. The Giants star said violence has never been an answer for him.

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The current MLB season is going to be historic. The season is not even two months old. And yet baseball fans have seen everything. First, a few benches-clearing games, on-field brawls between individuals, and now fighting over a fantasy league. It is as ridiculous as it sounds.


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But after playing the first game against the Cincinnati Reds, Pederson detailed what happened between the two. According to Pederson, Pham was not happy with the selection of players for the fantasy football team.

Tommy Pham slapped Joc Pederson for disagreements over fantasy team

Joc Pederson and Tommy Pham are playing their first season for their respective teams. Though the Giants lost the game 5-1 against the Reds, the slapping incident is all over the news. After completing the game, Pederson shared his side of the story about his beef with Tommy Pham.

The Giants star revealed he replaced a particular player from his fantasy team because of injury. But the other players in the fantasy league group did not like it. As per Pederson, even Pham did the same, but the Reds star slapped him for the same reason.


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“We were in a fantasy league together. I put a player on the injured reserved list. When they were listed as out, I added another player. And then there is a text message in the group saying that I was cheating,” Pederson revealed. “Because I was stashing players on my bench. I looked up the rules and sent a screenshot of the rules…”

“He had a player, Jeff Wilson, who was out, and he had him on the IR…I guess he was in two leagues and in one of them, he was on the IR, and in one of them, he was not. So maybe that was a confusion…”


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Pederson did not choose violence to respond

Pederson could have done the same to Pham. But the Giants player did not act. Instead, he played the game and then revealed every detail of the incident.

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“I don’t think violence is the answer…” Pederson added. “I kind of left the situation and some other players were out there like a benches-clear. But it was batting practice and there was nothing more to it.”

Though Pham is yet to respond to the incident, do you think Pham is at the fault here?

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Written by:

Abhishek Kumar


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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa