Tampa Bay Rays celebrity shortstop Wander Franco is reportedly underneath investigation within the Dominican Republic for a second alleged relationship with a minor.
This case is separate from what the Each day Caller reported Sunday, the place each MLB and the Rays launched an investigation into Franco over one other minor after social media posts began circulating.
The second investigation stemmed from the media workplace of the lawyer normal within the Dominican Republic.
It’s being claimed within the particulars of the investigation that Franco had a relationship with a 17-year-old lady within the D.R., the place the authorized age of consent is eighteen.
Franco was scratched from Tampa Bay‘s lineup Sunday in opposition to the Cleveland Guardians, and since then, he’s been absent. Later that day, the 22-year-old celebrity didn’t journey with the workforce as they flew to San Francisco for a sequence in opposition to the Giants.
The Legal professional Normal of the Dominican Republic says that there’s a grievance filed by a minor in opposition to Wander Franco.
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) August 15, 2023
The Rays and Franco reportedly got here to an settlement for him to be positioned on the restricted checklist after each the franchise and MLB launched an investigation into the social media posts.
Franco made an look Sunday on Instagram Stay previous to Tampa Bay enjoying in opposition to Cleveland, denying the rumors of the unique claims in opposition to him. Jose Siri, a teammate of Franco’s, was heard shouting within the background that the allegations had been nothing greater than a “shakedown” try to take down his fellow Ray.
Tampa Bay issued a press release Monday on MLB’s investigation into Franco, saying they assist the league’s determination. (RELATED: REPORT: Rays’ Wander Franco Accused Of ‘Inappropriate Relationship With 14-12 months-Previous Minor,’ MLB Investigating Claims)
“We assist any steps taken by the league to raised perceive the state of affairs,” stated the workforce. “Out of respect for all events concerned, we have now no additional feedback at the moment.”
As part of the Rays’ and Franco’s settlement, the latter will nonetheless be paid whereas on the restricted checklist.