Unfortunately, allegations regarding Rays shortstop Wander Franco have coincided with an awkward team giveaway over the weekend.
A user on Twitter raised concerns about Franco dating a 14-year-old, which led to his absence from the Rays lineup.
The team claims it was merely a coincidence and that Franco had a day off.
Interestingly, the giveaway for that day was a Franco Rays hat specifically for fans aged 14 or under.
I just want to make sure I understand this. Wander Franco was pulled from the rays lineup today because there's claims online that he was dating a 14 yo (8th grade). Rays claim it was a coincidence that he had the day off. Today’s giveaway: a Franco rays hat for fans 14 or under. pic.twitter.com/ozk6IlEaLL
— Nate (@nategorman) August 14, 2023
Fans took to social media to express their disbelief and amusement at the situation, with some joking about living in a simulation or a sitcom.
Didn’t have wander Franco dating an 8th grader on my bingo card https://t.co/UwgVv1T9Cb
— Smilo (@smeez38) August 14, 2023
— Out Fox Sports (@MarkHolder27) August 14, 2023
The organization acknowledges the speculation surrounding their All-Star shortstop and has stated that it is aware of the situation.
It’s worth noting that Franco signed an 11-year extension with the team in 2021.
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