Tampa Bay Rays star Wander Franco is reportedly facing a second allegation of an inappropriate relationship with a minor. This comes following an earlier suspension from the team for similar charges.
Major League Baseball launched an investigation and the Rays put Franco on the restricted list after social media posts mentioned the relationship between the teenager.
Now, another allegation has emerged regarding yet another underage girl. On Tuesday, multiple outlets reported that a 17-year-old girl had filed a complaint against Wander Franco. The girl who filed the complaint in this instance is reportedly not the same one that triggered the initial MLB probe.
The criminal complaint was filed in Franco’s hometown in the Dominican Republic, Law enforcement officials in the Dominican are working alongside MLB investigators.
The Rays have commented publicly regarding their talented, young shortstop, but have obviously held everything close to the vest, pending the inquiry.
“We support any steps taken by the league to better understand the situation,” the team said Monday of the MLB investigation. “Out of respect for all parties involved, we have no further comments at this time.”
Even if Franco isn’t convicted of any criminal charges in the two cases, he could still face suspensions and heavy fines through MLB’s morality clause. Wherein, the athlete’s team has the right to terminate a contract or otherwise punish a player who engages in criminal or unseemly behavior. Most high-profile athletes, entertainers, and endorsers have some sort of wording in their working agreements.
Franco was an All-Star for the first time this season. He is hitting .281 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI. He signed an 11-year, $182 million contract extension in November 2021. He’s considered one of the best young players at his position, and a valuable piece of the Rays’ ballclub.