Wander Franco Accused of Having Relationship With 14-Year-Old Girl, MLB Announces Investigation (UPDATE)

Franco did not play in Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

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UPDATED 8/14, 10:30 p.m. ET: Diario Libre reports there’s a separate lawsuit by a minor against Wander Franco, this one from a 17-year-old, filed on July 17. Other details are currently scarce.

A source inside the Dominican Republic Attorney General’s Office confirmed to the newspaper that the complaint comes from a different minor, not the 14-year-old referenced in previous reports.

MLB reporter Héctor Gómez relayed the news on Twitter:

The Attorney General of the Dominican Republic says that there is a complaint filed by a minor against Wander Franco.

According to the Attorney General of the DR, it's another young woman, not the one on social media, per @DiarioLibre / @AlertasMundial. https://t.co/Og1AnsMwxn

— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) August 15, 2023
Twitter: @hgomez27

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Following a series of social media posts accusing Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, Major League Baseball is investigating the claims.

Franco did not participate in the Rays' game against the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday, August 13, the Associated Press reports. “During today’s game, we were made aware of the social media posts that are circulating regarding Wander Franco,” the Rays said in a statement shared on Sunday. “We take the situation seriously and are in close contact with Major League Baseball as it conducts its due diligence.”

ESPN reporter Jeff Passan added Franco did not travel with the rest of the team to San Franciso for Tuesday's game against the Giants.

Tampa Bay shortstop Wander Franco did not travel on the team plane to San Francisco, where the Rays will start a series with the Giants tomorrow, sources tell ESPN. The Rays earlier said MLB is doing “due diligence” concerning social media posts from earlier today about Franco.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 14, 2023
Twitter: @JeffPassan

Following the game on Sunday, Rays manager Kevin Cash was asked about Franco's absence and suggested it was just a regular day off for him. “I’m aware of the speculation, and I’m not going to comment any further on that,” Cash said. “The day off was because (it was) a day off.”

Over the weekend, multiple posts online alleged that Franco was engaged in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Images surfaced showing Franco with the girl, though her age or the nature of their relationship have yet to be confirmed. Franco yet to respond to the accusations against him.

Bury Wander Franco under the jail. pic.twitter.com/m3kAnqYk2g

— atl (@AtlantaLonghorn) August 13, 2023
Twitter: @AtlantaLonghorn

22-year-old Franco was signed to a $182 million, 11-year contract by the Rays in November 2021. He was benched earlier this year due to issues with his teammates. He made his first All-Star team this season and is hitting .281/.344/.475 with 17 home runs.

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