Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham slapped San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson over a fantasy football beef. But where does it rank among other iconic slaps.
There was a ton of attention on the San Francisco Giants-Cincinnati Reds game, and it was over what took place during batting practice. According to a report from The Athletic, Tommy Pham slapped Joc Pederson across the face, leading to both teams intervening in the outfield. As it turns out, the reason for the slap was over fantasy football.
Pederson spoke to the media, and said that the two had a disagreement in a group text, where Pham accused him of cheating by using an injured reserve loophole. Yup, that was the reason, and Pham received a three game suspension and a fine for open-hand slapping Pederson across the face.
With this now in the books, where does this slap rank among other iconic slaps?
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic slaps Michael Petrasso
During a 2018 game between the Montreal Impact and the LA Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was standing behind Michael Petrasso. After Petrasso stepped on Ibrahimovic’s foot, the then-Galaxy star responded by slapping him in the back of the head.
Ibrahimovic received a red card as a result of his slap. Meanwhile, Petrasso received a yellow card.
6. French president Emmanuel Macron slapped
This incident took place in June of 2021. French president Emmanuel Macron was at a meet-and-greet at Tain-l’Hermitage. As Macron approached those standing behind a barrier, one individual slapped him across the face.
The individual who slapped Macron was a medieval sword enthusiast who had no criminal record.
5. Nate Diaz slaps Dana White
This is one that went viral back in 2016. Nate Diaz posted a video of himself “Stockton slapping” UFC president Dana White. Years later, White revealed that he was the one who orchestrated it and asked Diaz to slap him.
It truly was something to see Diaz slap his boss.
4. Gone with the Wind slap
In the famous film, Scarlett becomes upset with Ashley over why she won’t marry her, instead wanting to marry Melanie. After Rhett gives his answer, Scarlett slaps him across the face.
That is when Scarlett meets Rhett Butler.
3. Tommy Pham slaps Joc Pederson
Of course, you know the information about what led to the slap. Let’s take a look at it.
Pederson was moved backwards as a result of the strength of the slap.
2. David Schultz slaps reporter
This is probably one of the more well known slaps that you probably saw while scrolling through YouTube. David Schultz was interviewed by John Stossel. At the end of said interview, Stossel told Schultz that he thought professional wrestling was fake. Schultz responded by giving Stossel not one, but two slaps that sent him to the floor.
Schultz then asked Stossel if he thought the slaps were fake before walking away.
1. Will Smith slaps Chris Rock
This slap tops the list not just because of the slap, but for how shocking it truly was.
At this year’s Oscars, Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s haircut. Seconds later after the joke was spoken, Will Smith approached the stage and slapped Rock across the face. Viewers thought it was part of a skit, but based off Smith’s reaction and swearing, it became all too evident that it was real.
“Keep my wife’s name out your f—–g mouth,” yelled Smith repeatedly.