O's Jones detained and released in Toronto
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was detained by customs officials at the Toronto airport early this morning after arriving on the team flight, according to the team.
He wasn't the only one held up. A small group of Orioles personnel were detained by officials for extra screening, including Jones. Jones was not accused of doing anything illegal.
"They had the wrong person," Jones said. "They thought I was somebody else. It took its time, but it all got situated."
Apparently, the background check took longer on Jones than the ones of the other personnel.
According to Yahoo! Sports, 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"
"It was frustrating for me, and I shouldn't have put it out like I put it out, but I did," Jones said.
According to a team official, the group detained for extra screening was accompanied by a person in position of authority with the club throughout the process.
And later he added to his tweet: "I wish I could say what I want on here. That would be BRACKIN" before ending with "last 10 hours have been a blast...yaaaaay. time to sleep off the bull."
The first tweet was deleted after a short time, according to the report.
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.
A week ago, the MLBPA warned players with criminal convictions or arrests to contact the union before trying to enter Canada, according to the Associated Press.
Doyle Pryor, a union assistant general counsel, sent a memo to agents titled “immigration problems for players entering Canada.” A copy of the memo was posted on bizofbaseball.com and later obtained by the AP.
It is not believed that Jones has any convictions or arrests in his background.
The Orioles were aware of the memo and a team official was quoted in the AP story last week:
“There are certain offenses in Canada that are considered more major than they are in the United States,” Orioles team travel coordinator Kevin Buck said. “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.”