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Chicago White Sox create firestorm after booting LaRoche’s son from clubhouse

Posted by Betonline Team on 3/23/2016 7:13:20 AM
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The issue of having children in the workplace hit a fevered pitch when Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche retired after he was told by club President Ken Williams that his 14-year-old son Drake could not come into the team clubhouse as often.

It created a firestorm that has the Major League Players Association contemplating stepping in after LaRoche walked away, forfeiting a $13 million salary. The White Sox have a major distraction on their hand that must be cleaned up before the season begins next month.

According to reports, players threatened to boycott a Cactus League game in protest and it has been confirmed that pitcher Chris Sale booted Williams from the clubhouse following a profanity-filled exchange.

Drake is home schooled and is free to attend all home games. The Chicago Tribune did a story on the father and son last summer, which created a feel-good atmosphere around the city. Williams changed all of that with his actions last week.
“I just felt that it should not be every day, that’s all,” Williams told Fox Sports baseball writer Ken Rosenthal. “You tell me, where in this country can you bring your child to work every day?”

He makes a solid point there. Children are not routinely accepted into the workplace. Working mothers and fathers scramble to secure child care, which is a multi-billion dollar business. However, it is slightly different in major league clubhouses, where players often bring their children to work.
Some of the kids play catch along the sidelines before games and others, such as Prince Fielder, took batting practice. Prince, the son of former Detroit Tiger Cecil Fielder, now plays for the Texas Rangers. The kids also work as clubhouse attendants, fetching things for players.
Tony Clark, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, reached out to LaRoche but said he has not heard back. He suggested that the group may file a grievance.

“As you might expect, Adam’s taking a deep breath amid everything that’s gone on,” Clark told the Los Angeles Times. “Adam’s got his space to do what he needs to do with his family for the time being.”
The MLBPA will look into contractual language that Chicago radio host David Kaplan reported allowed Drake to be in the clubhouse.
Although players appear to be solid in their support of LaRoche, there are reports that some players did not want the child to be in the clubhouse and that Williams is taking one for the team. And this isn’t the first time Williams has been at the center of controversy with the White Sox. Last year he demanded that the team turn off a rap song with profanity which angered players.

Williams did not respond to a text from the Chicago Tribune asking for comment about the argument with Sale.
“I’m done with this,” he wrote back.
But this story is far from done. Legal action might be coming down the pike and the debate of children in the clubhouse rages on.


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