Authorities in the Dominican Republic searched two homes for Rays star Wander Franco amid allegations of inappropriate relations with a minor.
Franco, 22, was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball in August after claims were made that he had relationships with underage women.
The Tampa Bay Rays supported MLB’s decision and emphasized their commitment to upholding high standards of integrity. (Trending: Democrat Found Guilty In Corruption Trial)
“The administrative leave, effective immediately, is not disciplinary under the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” MLB stated.
“We support Major League Baseball’s decision to place Wander Franco on Administration Leave,” the Rays said.
“The Tampa Bay Rays are dedicated to upholding high standards of integrity both on and off the field. We appreciate the understanding and patience of our fans and supporters as this process unfolds.”
Franco denied the claims in an Instagram Live video, stating that people were spreading false rumors.
“They say that I’m in public with a little girl, that I’m running around with a minor,” Franco said.
“People don’t know what to do with their time. They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
“That’s why I prefer to be on my side and not get involved with anybody … because people gossip and talk smack.”