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Chicago White Sox slugger Adam LaRoche is walking away from a 13 million dollar contract and ending his 12-year-career for a reason that is causing furious debate around the internet.

Last year, the Chicago Tribune went so far as to call LaRoche’s son, Drake, “the 26th man”.

White Sox President Ken Williams issued a statement about the situation:

“There has been no policy change with regards to allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, the back fields during spring training. This young man that we’re talking about, Drake, everyone loves this young man. In no way do I want this to be about him.

“I asked Adam, said, ‘Listen, our focus, our interest, our desire this year is to make sure we give ourselves every opportunity to focus on a daily basis on getting better. All I’m asking you to do with regard to bringing your kid to the ballpark is dial it back.’

“I don’t think he should be here 100 percent of the time – and he has been here 100 percent, every day, in the clubhouse. I said that I don’t even think he should be here 50 percent of the time. Figure it out, somewhere in between.

“We all think his kid is a great young man. I just felt it should not be every day, that’s all. You tell me, where in this country can you bring your child to work every day?”

So there’s been no change in policy but the White Sox just don’t want you to bring your kid around – a kid that everyone says is incredible to have around.

Kudos to LaRoche for putting family first.