Tampa Bay Rays’ Wander Franco Fails to Appear in Court Amid Dominican Republic Police Raids Over Allegations

Tampa Bay Rays’ Wander Franco Fails to Appear in Court Amid Dominican Republic Police Raids Over Allegations

Court Summons Ignored Amid Police Raids:

Tampa Bay Rays’ shortstop, Wander Franco, seemingly defied a court summons in the Dominican Republic tied to allegations regarding inappropriate relations with a minor.

Ordered to appear at 11:00 am on Thursday, Franco was notably absent, coinciding with police raids conducted at two of his properties in the D.R.

Police Raids on Franco’s Properties:

Dominican police executed raids at Franco’s family residence in Palo Blanco and another property in the Villa Real area, reportedly in search of the baseball star.

The investigation, concurrent with Major League Baseball’s inquiry, has led to Franco being placed on administrative leave without pay by the Rays.

Ongoing Investigations and Denials:

The 22-year-old athlete, under investigation since social media allegations surfaced in August, has denied the accusations.

Franco vehemently refuted the claims in a live Instagram session and has always kept his wife, Rachelly Paulino, out of the public eye, although their relationship was previously revealed by DailyMail.com.

Legal and Contractual Implications:

MLB placed Franco on administrative leave in August, ensuring continued pay and service accrual while investigations persist.

Despite the ongoing offseason, the Rays have distanced themselves by removing Franco from team-related advertisements at the Tropicana Field stadium.

Support and Outreach Amidst Controversy:

Amidst the controversy, Baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz expressed attempts to reach out and support Franco.

Ortiz shared his interaction with Franco during the All-Star Game festivities, emphasizing the role of veterans in guiding and mentoring young players within the sport.

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