Report: Some White Sox players privately complained about Adam LaRoche’s son

In the case of Adam LaRoche and the clubhouse vs. Ken Williams, there actually might be some players who are siding with the Chicago White Sox’s executive vice president.

Although the picture painted of the players has been one of solidarity — with ace Chris Sale leading the charge and the team reportedly threatening to boycott a spring training game — USA Today reports that isn’t a true representation of the situation:

Several players and staff members privately complained to White Sox management recently about the constant presence of LaRoche’s 14-year-old son, Drake, in the clubhouse. Drake LaRoche, multiple people say, was with the team about 120 games during the 2015 season. The officials spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the club has forbid officials from commenting. … And simply not everyone felt comfortable with Drake’s constant presence, even called the White Sox’s 26th man. Apparently, no one ever told LaRoche. These players and staff members didn’t feel comfortable even sharing it with their own teammates, with several White Sox players saying they never heard a complaint. But they did express their views to management.

LaRoche retired this week because he claims Williams went back on his word about allowing his 14-year-old son, Drake LaRoche, to be around the team as much as possible. Depending on which side you believe, LaRoche either was asked to scale back his son’s presence around the team or to end it completely. Regardless, it was a $13 million decision for LaRoche, who will forfeit his 2016 salary by walking away from the game.

LaRoche broke his silence Friday by releasing a statement saying the decision of whether to choose his teammates and career or his family was an easy one.

That decision might be even easier in hindsight if reports about some of his teammates privately complaining to Williams are true.