Tommy Pham says he took it easy on Joc Pederson.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder, who infamously slapped the San Francisco Giants slugger earlier this year stemming from a fantasy football-related dispute, expressed no remorse while recalling the incident in an interview with The Boston Globe.
“If anything, he’s lucky I didn’t hurt his ass even worse,” Pham, who was a member of the Cincinnati Reds during the incident, said.
Pham received a three-game suspension for the slap, causing him to miss the series between the Giants and Reds.
“Regarding the Joc situation, I don’t feel sorry for what I did,” he said. “There’s a certain level of respect that was crossed. Joc was disrespectful and I don’t condone, you know, the way he was talking to me in the group chat through the text. I don’t condone that.”
In addition to the fantasy football disagreement, Pham also took exception to some texts Pederson had sent the group, some of which were trash talking the Padres, whom Pham played for at the time.
Pederson revealed the texts to reporters for full transparency, showing them a GIF mocking the Padres as the weak link of the NL West teams in a year they were supposed to make the playoffs.
The story dominated headlines for quite some time, with Pham even ripping Mike Trout, who was commissioner of the fantasy league, for his poor handling of the situation.
Since the incident, Pham was traded to the Boston Red Sox. In 52 games with Boston, Pham has hit .237/.302/.379 with six home runs, 24 RBI and a stolen base.