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Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. may be in some hot water following Instagram post

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at TD Ballpark on February 24, 2020 in Dunedin, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Braves 4-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at TD Ballpark on February 24, 2020 in Dunedin, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Braves 4-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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It would appear that Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. may be in some hot water following a controversial Instagram post involving a firearm.

The Blue Jays may be forced to launch an internal investigation following a rather concerning Instagram post yesterday by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The budding superstar posted a picture of himself walking down the stairs with what appeared to be the magazine of a firearm protruding out his jeans right pocket.

When you zoom in on the picture, it is clearly evident that the object is a handgun. Vladdy then edited the picture with an emoji covering the object after numerous comments on the post questioned the indiscretion. Vladdy’s teammate Bo Bichette who utilizes the “BoFlows” handle on Instagram also “liked” the original post with the firearm.

Vladdy then edited the original photo covering up the object with a smiling halo emoji which leads to further speculation that it was in fact a firearm in his pocket, otherwise, why cover it up.

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There is no questioning that life in the Dominican Republic is undoubtedly different than in North America, however, the young Blue Jay needs to realize the scope of his social media audience and the clout he has with his impressionable fans.

You can guarantee the Blue Jays brain trust will not approve of the lapse in judgment and it will be a topic of discussion with Guerrero Jr. moving forward. Hopefully, for the sake of the 21-year old, it is not what it appears to be, however, on its face, it is not a good look.

Vladdy made the switch from the hot corner to first base last season while hitting .262/.329/.462 with nine home runs and a 0.7 WAR in 60 games.

At the end of the day, Vladdy needs to do better and realize that this type of behaviour cannot and won’t be tolerated. He must carry himself better not only as a role model for young baseball fans but also as a young father.

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Hopefully, this is a one-off and Vladdy can grow from this unfortunate lapse in judgment.

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