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Wander Franco fails to appear for summon by police in Dominican Republic

Franco may have also fired his legal representatives, per social media.

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Rays star shortstop Wander Franco failed to respond to an official summon by police in the Dominican Republic to appear for questioning at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to various sources on social media.

Franco has been suspended by the Rays since last summer due to allegations of inappropriate relationships with minors in his native country, a matter being investigated by the department of Children, Adolescents and Family in the Dominican Republic.

According to Hector Gomez, a baseball reporter in the Dominican close to the investigation, Franco parted ways with his attorneys sometime between Dec 20 and today.

Local news networks were in attendance at the department of Children, Adolescents and Family this morning awaiting Franco’s arrival.

Per various translated articles, it would appear that Franco’s failure to appear could be utilized by a court for an arrest warrant, but it seems more likely that the Attorney General’s office will contact Franco’s next legal representation and negotiate his appearance for questioning. This is, of course, speculation.

Should anything materialize in the case, we will update accordingly.

Previously: Wander Franco placed on Administrative Leave