Ding dong cont'd
Here is Pim's far more eloquent take on the whole sordid affair.
To take on the likes of Michael Ruhlman and Anthony Bourdain, and more importantly Thomas Keller, indicates just how much eG seems to be losing the plot. Both of these guys are at the top of their game, both of them are respected food writers and both of them are well connected - far better informed than Steve Shaw, with his unclaimed links to Psaltis and his brother.
Psaltis' continued unwillingness to fully address these pretty serious claims about when and why he really left the French Laundry serves to add further fuel to the fire. This half-hearted attempt on eG is so cursory it's meaningless. As others have already noted, the chance of him merely slapping away the hand of an intransigent waiter leaning on the pass seem unlikely, if for no other reason than the pass is little more than a waist high table - oh, hold on, maybe it was a particularly short waiter.
In addition to the links for the eG and OA threads I posted earlier, here's the Mouthful thread.