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Rays’ Star On Restricted List, Investigation Into Alleged Relationship With Minor – One America News Network

Rays’ Star On Restricted List, Investigation Into Alleged Relationship With Minor – One America News Network

Wander Franco #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

OAN’s Abril Elfi
1:23 PM – Monday, August 14, 2023

Major League Baseball player Wander Franco has been placed on a restricted list and will not be traveling with the Tampa Bay Rays as an investigation regarding an inappropriate relationship with a minor has been launched. 

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On Monday, the Rays released a statement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, regarding the shortstop’s leave from their current road trip. Reportedly, the 22-year-old’s restriction comes amid the launch of an investigation consisting of an alleged relationship with a minor. 

The Tampa Bay Rays and Wander Franco have mutually agreed that he will go on the Restricted List and take leave from the Club for the duration of the current road trip.

— Rays Communications (@RaysPR) August 14, 2023

According to the press, a post on X, which has now been deleted, alleged that Franco was inappropriately involved with someone who was under age.

A twitter post now going viral accuses @RaysBaseball shortstop 22-year-old Wander Franco of being in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The Rays not commenting on specifics but confirm Franco is benched the next few games as MLB investigates. Here’s their statement: pic.twitter.com/QQ5qAgc3He

— Melissa Marino (@WFLAMelissaM) August 14, 2023

Once made aware of the allegations, the team released a statement claiming they were looking into the situation. 

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

Franco did not play in the Rays’ game on Sunday, however, Kevin Cash, the team’s manager, claimed it was a planned rest day. 

The player had signed an 11-year, $182 million contract extension with the Rays in 2021. 

The Rays have stated that MLB is investigating the posts and allegations.

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