Christian Baseball Player Adam LaRoche Walked Away from the Game to Rescue Sex Slaves
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Apr 20
Just before the official season started, Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche abruptly quit the team, reportedly over a conflict over bringing his son in the team’s clubhouse.
As ChristianHeadlines.com previously reported, before joining the White Sox in 2014, LaRoche talked to the team’s management to make sure he would be allowed to have his son around:
"[M]y first question to the club concerned my [son Drake's] ability to be a part of the team. After some due diligence on the club's part, we reached an agreement,” said LaRoche.
However, after some players complained about how often LaRoche’s son frequented the clubhouse, the team’s vice president, Kenny Williams, asked LaRoche not to bring Drake into the clubhouse as often.
It was then that LaRoche abruptly quit the team and walked away from his $25 million contract.
At the time, there was speculation on whether LaRoche, who identifies as a Christian, did the right thing. Some criticized him for his hasty decision, while others applauded his family values.
Now, however, qpolitical.com notes that LaRoche’s reason for leaving the team, while perhaps partly due to the conflct involving his son, also has a lot to do with his efforts to rescue young woman who are in sexual slavery.
According to a report from ESPN’s Tim Keown:
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.’”
In addition to this work, LaRoche is one of the co-owners of Outdoor Network’s Buck Commander (Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty is another owner). He also runs a cattle ranch.
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Publication date: April 20, 2016