May 24, 2024

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco was arrested within the Dominican Republic on Monday amid an investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships with minors, in keeping with a number of stories. 

Franco, 22, was taken into custody after a three-hour interview with prosecutors, an official within the Puerto Plata province prosecutor’s workplace advised The Related Press on the situation of anonymity. 

His arrest got here simply days after the 2023 All-Star failed to seem for a gathering with Prosecutor Olga Diná Llaverías. 

Wander Franco #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays swings at a pitch throughout the fifth inning towards the Cleveland Guardians at Tropicana Area on August 12, 2023 in St Petersburg, Florida.  (Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Pictures)

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ESPN reported that police visited two properties in Franco’s hometown in Baní, however he was not situated at these properties. In line with the report, he was arrested on account of his failure to seem with the prosecutor. 

Below Dominican regulation, he should be introduced earlier than a choose inside 24 hours. 

Franco was positioned on administrative depart on Aug. 22 as MLB investigated his alleged relationships with underage ladies. In line with an ESPN report, at the least two folks have filed authorized motion towards the baseball participant, and sources stated he’s at the moment being investigated for an alleged relationship with a 3rd minor.

Wander Franco #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays appears to be like on throughout the fifth inning towards the Cleveland Guardians at Tropicana Area on August 12, 2023 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Pictures)

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Franco’s final sport was on Aug. 12. He was positioned on depart below MLB’s joint home violence, sexual assault and youngster abuse coverage with the gamers’ affiliation. 

The Rays expressed help for the MLB investigation however haven’t commented on the matter since.

“We help Main League Baseball’s choice to position Wander Franco on Administration Depart,” the Rays stated on the time. “The Tampa Bay Rays are devoted to upholding excessive requirements of integrity each on and off the sector. We admire the understanding and persistence of our followers and supporters as this course of unfolds. We may have no additional statements on this matter till MLB completes its course of.”

Wander Franco throws

Wander Franco #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws out Zack Wanting the Detroit Tigers at first base throughout the sixth inning at Comerica Park on August 5, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Duane Burleson/Getty Pictures)

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Franco was an All-Star for the primary time this season.​​ He signed an 11-year, $182 million contract extension in November 2021, however a workforce possibility in 2033 might make the deal value $233 million when it’s over.

The Rays didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information Digital’s request for remark. 

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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