While traveling with the team to Toronto on Thursday, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was reportedly detained at the Toronto airport for 10 hours.
While he was in custody, Jones Tweeted that he was “detained by immigration in canada for no false accusations till 5am and appreciate someone from the team making sure were ok NOOOOOOTTTTT.”
After Jones was cleared by Border officials to enter Canada, he Tweeted, “last 10 hours have been a blast…yaaaaay. time to sleep off the bull.”
Jeff Zrebiec of the BALTIMORE SUN reports Friday that before the Orioles played the Blue Jays on Friday, “Jones said he wasn’t sure if he was mistaken for Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, who has faced multiple legal issues. But Jones’ mother, Andrea Bradley, made that claim on her Facebook page.”
Bradley on the social networking site posted the following message:
OKAY, LET ME CLARIFY - THERE IS A STORY OF ADAM BEING DETAINED AT THE CANADIAN BORDER! TRUE! MY BABY HAPPENS TO HAVE THE SAME NAME AS ADAM “PACMAN” JONES AND IT WAS A MISTAKE!!!!! END OF STORY!!!!
Ronald Blum of the CANADIAN PRESS reported a week ago last Thursday that the Major League Baseball Players Association in a memo last week warned players with criminal records or arrests to contact the union before trying to enter Canada.
Ironically, Orioles team travel coordinator Kevin Buck was quoted in the same CP story last week:
“There are certain offenses in Canada that are considered more major than they are in the United States. Specifically, we were advised that things like DUI and that sort of thing are considered a felony in Canada. So we’ve just got to be careful about making sure we’re aware of anything that anybody in our traveling party might have in their past to prepare for it before we head north.”
The Sun also noted that, “it is not believed that Jones has any convictions or arrests in his background.”
Of all the teams to have this issue, the club that has its “travel coordinator” quoted in the border warning story has a player ensnared a week later.
Sums up the O’s organization in nutshell. (Hate to make sweeping generalizations about an entire organization, but for the Orioles, I’ll make an exception.)