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Tampa Bay Rays’ Wander Franco fails to show up for meeting with Dominican prosecutor


Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco failed to show up Thursday for a meeting with a prosecutor who is investigating him for an alleged relationship with a minor.

Prosecutor Olga Diná Llaverías said the investigation would continue despite Franco’s no-show. She waited for the All-Star and his lawyers at her office, but they did not show up.

Dominican prosecutors and police showed up Tuesday at a Franco property in Baní, his hometown about 60 km southwest of Santo Domingo. They could not find the 22-year-old to ask him to appear to testify.

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Walk Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays during a game against the Cleveland Guardians at Tropicana Field on August 12, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Franco’s U.S.-based lawyer, Jay Reisinger, declined to comment.

The Dominican Republic’s prosecutor’s office said Aug. 14 that Franco was under investigation because of posts on his social media suggesting he was having a relationship with a minor. The Associated Press was unable to verify the reported messages.

Franco’s no-show could be because his current lawyers may not have been summoned to the meeting. The AP had access to a document in which lawyers Luz Díaz Rodríguez, Rosalina Trueba, Cristian Cabrera and Manuel Rodríguez were fired by Franco.

Franco was enjoying an All-Star season before being sidelined in August, when authorities in the Dominican Republic began investigating allegations that Franco had a relationship with a minor.

MLB launched its own investigation, placing Franco on the restricted list on August 14 before placing him on administrative leave on August 22 as part of its joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy with the players association. He received compensation for his hours of service while on administrative leave. There is no timetable for the conclusion of MLB’s investigation or whether the results of the investigation could lead to disciplinary action by MLB.


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