Pham challenges fan to lie detector after viral altercation

Pham challenges fan to lie detector after viral altercation

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Tommy Pham is challenging a fan to take a lie detector test after a video of him arguing with spectators at Petco Park went viral Saturday night.

Since this guy wants to block me and act like his friend is a model citizen I’ll put 100k up if he passes a lie detector test saying he didn’t call me a piece of shit if he doesn’t pass which he won’t mlb bans him for life from all stadiums

— Tommy Pham (@TphamLV) August 20, 2023

Pham, who played for the San Diego Padres in 2020-21, offered $100,000 to a fan if he passed a lie detector test following an incident in which the outfielder claimed the person called him “a piece of shit.” If he fails the test, Pham said he wants MLB to ban him from all 30 ballparks.

A video of the altercation shows Pham in the on-deck circle arguing with spectators and accusing a fan of disrespecting him.

“I’m all about good banter, but he stepped out of line,” Pham said postgame. “Fans here, man, I just don’t get it. … It’s just completely disrespectful. So, I don’t know, maybe they weren’t raised right.”

Tommy Pham on his altercation with a fan in the first inning:

“Fans here, man, I just don’t get it … Older white gentleman called me a piece of shit. I don’t think that’s acceptable, especially when you’re so close to the on-deck circle.”

— PHNX Diamondbacks (@PHNX_Dbacks) August 19, 2023

Pham added that he was involved in another altercation outside the team’s hotel prior to Saturday’s game, according to Jesse Friedman of PHNX.

“These fans are awful to Tommy,” D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo said, per Friedman. “I hear some terrible things coming from the stands. It’s not just the normal ‘you’re a bum’ stuff. It’s deeper, it’s ugly, and I’ve been uncomfortable with it from my vantage point. … I don’t know the details of it, I just didn’t like what was coming out of these fans’ mouths.”

Pham, 35, is hitting .254/.297/.508 with three homers and three steals over 15 games since joining the Diamondbacks prior to the trade deadline.

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