White Sox chairman says LaRoche matter is 'closed,' reasserts gag order
The drama between Adam LaRoche and the Chicago White Sox has been a hot topic among MLB players and fans this past week, but White Sox owner and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is hoping to close the book on it.
Reinsdorf released a statement on Sunday, calling the situation a "misunderstanding," and reasserting a gag order on White Sox employees, asking them to refrain from discussing the matter publicly.
"I have taken the past few days to personally meet with everyone involved, including Adam LaRoche, members of our front office, uniformed staff and some of our active players. I continue to have nothing but the greatest regard for Adam -- in fact, my respect for him has grown during this process -- and I applaud his desire to spend more time with his family.
I continue to have complete faith in the skills and abilities of the leadership group of our baseball operations department in Ken Williams, Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura. I also appreciate the passion and commitment to one another shown by our players, Robin, our coaching staff and our front office.
As with many things in life, much of this was a result of miscommunication and misunderstanding rather than this being a case of anyone not telling the truth. I do not believe there is anyone to directly blame in this situation. While there is no doubt this might have been handled differently, the fact remains that this is an internal matter that we have discussed and now resolved.
Per my request, White Sox employees will no longer discuss this matter publicly. I felt it was appropriate to release this statement to close the issue for everyone in the organization -- from the front office to the players in the clubhouse -- so we can focus on Opening Day and winning baseball games for our fans. I am fully confident this matter will soon be behind us and that we will grow even stronger and more united as a team and as an organization."
The statement comes after a number of White Sox players spoke out about the situation, in which their former teammate, LaRoche, suddenly announced his plans to retire last week. LaRoche stepped away from the game -- and $13 million -- because he claims White Sox VP Ken Williams went back on his word about allowing his 14-year-old son, Drake LaRoche, to be around the team as much as possible.