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.
Abogados afirman fueron desapoderados por Wander Franco.— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) December 28, 2023
En atención al requerimiento notificado en el día de ayer, Las Licenciadas Luz Díaz Rodríguez y Rosalina Trueba y los licenciados Cristian Cabrera y Manuel Rodríguez, informaron a la LICDA. OLGA D. DINA LLAVERIAS, en su… pic.twitter.com/S0aA0rTDsQ
Local news networks were in attendance at the department of Children, Adolescents and Family this morning awaiting Franco’s arrival.
La magistrada Olga Dina llega a su oficina de la Dirección Nacional Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes, donde fue citado el pelotero Wander Franco por supuesta relación con una joven menor de edad. Los detalles a las 2:00 p.m., en la #PrimeraEmisiónSIN por @ColorVisionC9 pic.twitter.com/KzMA1qX1QC— Noticias SIN (@SIN24Horas) December 28, 2023
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.