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Wander Franco Newsbeat

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Sources: D.R. investigating second complaint against Wander Franco

A special prosecutor in the Dominican Republic is investigating a second formal complaint that Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco engaged in a relationship with a minor, the latest of three accusations against the 22-year-old, sources told ESPN’s Juan Recio.

After the first complaint against Franco was filed July 17, another girl alleged to the specialized prosecutor’s office for boys, girls and adolescents that she had a relationship with Franco as a minor, sources said. While the third girl has not spoken to authorities, they are still investigating her alleged relationship with Franco, sources said.

Prosecutors from the division, which investigates crimes committed against children, hope to speak with Franco in the coming weeks, sources told ESPN. In the D.R., the age of consent is 18. Anyone over 18 who engages in a sexual relationship with someone younger than 18 can be charged criminally.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2023 at 06:22 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 13, 2023

Tampa Bay Rays Comment on Ongoing Wander Franco Social Media Controversy

The Tampa Bay Rays have released a statement in response to a recent social media frenzy stirred up around star shortstop Wander Franco.

“During today’s game, we were made aware of the social media posts that are circulating regarding Wander Franco,” the statement read. “We take the situation seriously and are in close contact with Major League Baseball as it conducts its due diligence.”

While the Rays did not specify which social media posts they were referring to, a controversy involving Franco had just gone viral on Twitter and Instagram, almost assuredly triggering the statement. The 22-year-old infielder was reportedly accused of being involved in an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2023 at 11:21 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Rays bench young shortstop Wander Franco over handling of his ‘frustrations’: ‘Good kid and good person’

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco has been benched through at least Friday’s game because of the way he handles frustration, manager Kevin Cash told reporters Thursday. They also want him to focus on being a better teammate. Cash stressed Franco is a “good kid and good person,” and they will work with him to get better.

“Wander is a really good kid and good person. He’s a young player that is learning and dealing with the challenges of being a major league player, and some of the frustrations that come with it over the course of this season,” Cash told reporters (per Bally Sports). “There’s been probably multiple times that the way he has handled his frustrations have not been the way that we ask our players to uphold being the best teammate. That being said, we’re going to continue to support Wander as he works through this.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2023 at 04:34 PM | 21 comment(s)
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