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San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham settles strip club lawsuit

Jun 25, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Tommy Pham (28) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Tommy Pham (28) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham has reached an out-of-court settlement with the San Diego strip club where he was stabbed in October, according to USA Today.

“I beat them,” said Pham, who is still recovering from the Oct. 11 incident, which occurred in the parking lot of Pacers Showgirls International. “They ended up choosing to settle with me for the max. They got crushed. All of the evidence was there, they had to ante up.”

Pham, 33, proved that he was an innocent bystander, wasn’t an aggressor and had no alcohol in his system at the time of the incident.

“I don’t know what I could have done different,” Pham said. “The video shows more than one guy showed up at my car, and I chose to defend myself. I guess I could have run, but I don’t fear any man like that.”

Pham sued Pacers Showgirls International for suffering “catastrophic injuries, which have and will continue to cause him significant economic damage, including but not limited to his earning capacity as an elite professional baseball player,” according to the lawsuit.

The outfielder, who is working with a personal trainer to try to regain his strength, needed 200 stitches to close a deep wound in his back. Pham said he still squats 100 pounds less than he did before the stabbing.

In 75 games with the Padres this season, Pham is batting .250 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. He is a career .271 hitter with 89 home runs and 275 RBIs in 652 career games with the St. Louis Cardinals (2014-18), Tampa Bay Rays (2018-19) and Padres.

–Field Level Media