MLB star David Ortiz reached out to Tampa Bay Rays’ standout Wander Franco amid troubling accusations. Ortiz, talking to ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas, shared he couldn’t discuss Franco’s situation due to limited knowledge but had tried contacting him.
“I can’t say if he did it or not. I avoid talking about what I don’t know,” Ortiz stated, as per ESPN Deportes. He added, “When I heard about this, I wanted to help Franco. I wanted to know what’s going on with him.”
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Ortiz recalled their chat during the 2022 All-Star Game. “At the All-Star Game, I talked with Wander for quite a while. He’s a good kid, like all young ones. As a veteran, my role is to guide them, not harm them,” Ortiz affirmed.
Ortiz also asked Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. to assist him in connecting with Franco, discussing Tatis’ 2022 suspension. Franco, 22, is under investigation by the National Agency for Boys, Girls, Adolescents, and the Family and Gender Violence Unit in the Dominican Republic.
Recently, the Rays placed Franco on the restricted list, sidelining him for six games during MLB’s inquiry. The team noted, “Rays and Franco agreed he’d go on the Restricted List for the road trip’s duration.” Additionally, they expressed support for MLB’s steps and refrained from further comments.