Adam LaRoche walked away from a contract with the Chicago White Sox this season at the age of 36, and reports quickly came out that a main reason was the White Sox asked LaRoche not to bring his 14-year-old son, Drake, into the clubhouse every day.
That is not the strangest story you will hear about Adam LaRoche.
In an ESPN story by Tim Keown that was published Wednesday, Keown recounts the time LaRoche went on an undercover mission in Southeast Asia to help rescue underage sex slaves.
Then there’s this: LaRoche, along with Brewers pitcher Blaine Boyer, spent 10 days in November in Southeast Asian brothels, wearing a hidden camera and doing undercover work to help rescue underage sex slaves. All of which raises a question: After 12 years in the big leagues, the endless days and nights in dugouts and clubhouses, how did LaRoche’s nearly cinematic level of nonconformity escape detection?
… Working through a nonprofit called the Exodus Road, LaRoche and Boyer conducted surveillance in brothels and tried to determine the age of the girls — known only by numbers pinned to bikinis — and identify their bosses.
“Something huge happened there for us,” Boyer says. “You can’t explain it. Can’t put your finger on it. If you make a wrong move, you’re getting tossed off a building. We were in deep, man, but that’s the way it needed to be done. Adam and I truly believe God brought us there and said, ‘This is what I have for you boys.’”
How this story was not reported until now, I have no idea.
There’s much more to it, though, and I encourage everyone to head over to ESPN and read it.
SOURCE: USA Today FTW! – Nate Scott