Padres outfielder Tommy Pham sues Midway District club where he was stabbed

San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham
Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is pictured in a game against the Seattle Mariners in September.

The lawsuit claims Pham suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ that will cause him ‘significant economic damage.’


Padres outfielder Tommy Pham has sued a Midway District strip club where he was stabbed Oct. 11.

Pham, 32, was stabbed at about 10:30 p.m. outside Pacers Showgirls International on Midway Drive by an unknown person who took part in a fight that broke out in the club’s parking lot.

Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is in good condition following surgery for a stab wound in his lower back suffered in an altercation the night of Oct. 11 outside a Midway District strip club, the team and Pham said the next day.

According to the lawsuit filed Nov. 24 in San Diego County Superior Court, the fight outside Pacers left Pham “trapped” inside the club. The suit alleges the club’s private security “escalated the risk” to Pham “by participating in the fight and antagonizing” the fight participants.

The suit also alleges that club employees did not contact law enforcement “or take any reasonable measures to mitigate” the danger. The lawsuit claims that, given unspecified “incidents of violence by third parties” that had occurred at the club in the past, Pacers should have been aware of the possibility of a similar incident and taken measures to prevent it.

A representative of the club could not immediately be reached for comment.

Pham later tried to leave the club, and while walking toward the valet stand to get his car, he was attacked by someone who stabbed him “without any provocation,” the complaint states.

Police have not announced any arrests in connection with the stabbing.

A statement released by the Padres shortly after the incident described Pham’s injury as a non-life-threatening slash wound to his lower back. The lawsuit alleges he suffered “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.”

A hearing in the case is slated for June 25, according to court records.


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