There are few professional athletes who would walk away from a guaranteed $13 million contract, but that is exactly what Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche did earlier this week. After a successful career of 15 seasons, LaRoche retired early when faced with a “fundamental disagreement” with White Sox VP Ken Williams.
LaRoche explained the sudden decision in a statement he released on Monday. In it he said, “Ken Williams recently advised me to significantly scale back the time that my son spent in the clubhouse. Later, I was told not to bring him to the ballpark at all. Obviously, I expressed my displeasure toward this decision to alter the agreement we had reached before I signed with the White Sox. Upon doing so, I had to make a decision. Do I choose my teammates and my career? Or do I choose my family?”
Up until that point, LaRoche had been permitted to bring his 14-year-old son Drake to the clubhouse on a regular basis. LaRoche brought Drake so often that his son was even given a locker right next to his dad’s. During practice, Drake would run errands for the team or do minor cleaning jobs.
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