Mike Trout has reacted to a remark saying that he was “the worst commissioner in fantasy sports” as he was attempting to avoid a fantasy football league conflict between Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on Baseball!
Last week, Pham got a three-game suspension for slapping Pederson before a game. The two players were in a fantasy league together last year. He also said that the league commissioner, Trout, was “the worst commissioner in fantasy sports”.
“Tommy, everybody who was involved in that, is very passionate about fantasy football,” Trout said. “A lot of people put their hearts into it. I do, too. I lost that league.”
Pederson claimed he was accused of cheating because of the way he handled the injured reserve spot in the high-stakes fantasy league.
On Wednesday, Trout was asked what he had done about the situation. He said that he had talked to both Pham and Pederson about it.
“I ain’t talking about fantasy football,” Trout said before his team’s game against the New York Yankees.
“I’m not answering that question. It’s in the past. You guys are dragging it on. But it’s a legendary fantasy football league for sure.”
According to Pham, the fight started when Pederson sent an old text to the league’s group chat in which he talked badly about his teammates on the San Diego Padres, the team he played for last year. When Pham doubted Trout’s quality as a commissioner of the league with a $10,000 entry fee, the story became even more intriguing.
During the Reds-Giants matchup, Pham was suspended for all three games. Pham later said on Tuesday that Trout should bear some of the blame. He did admit that no one, not even Trout or Pham, wanted to take on that burden.
“Trout did a terrible job, man,” Pham told The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans. “Trout’s the worst commissioner in fantasy sports. Because he allowed a lot of s— to go on and he could’ve solved it all.”
Reporters questioned Trout regarding his alleged dereliction of duty. The Los Angeles superstar explained the incident was a result of everyone’s “passion for fantasy football”.
“It’s one of those things where everyone is competitive,” Trout said. “Everybody loves fantasy football. Who doesn’t?” Check out the top new sportsbooks for betting on Baseball!
Joe Maddon, Trout’s manager, saw the recent commotion as a reminder of why he avoided fantasy football.
“Guys love it, I get it,” Maddon said. “You get absorbed, and during the week, you have to make all these transactions, which really gets annoying. Because all you’re doing is getting buried in the newspapers, at (my) time it was magazines. I love fantasy football, but I would never do it again.”
Despite the uproar, the 30-year-old athlete is undecided on whether or not he will take on the responsibilities of fantasy football commissioner again.
“Am I gonna resign? I haven’t made that decision. I don’t know,” Trout said. “Every commissioner I know always get booed.”
On the other hand, he acknowledged that he was in a bad spot.
“Nobody wanted to be commissioner, I didn’t want to be the f** commissioner,” Trout said. “I’ve got other s*** to do.”
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