• Canadian Immigration Officials After American Baseball Players With Past Criminal Records

    Posted by on May 29th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Via McClatchy news services:

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was detained by Canadian immigration officials for a few hours Thursday night after he landed in Toronto for this weekend’s series.

    “They said I had a criminal record,” said Jones, a former Seattle Mariner. “My mom raised me better than that. I’ve never done anything like that, been involved in anything criminal in my entire life. It was a long, pointless situation because of the circumstances, but I’m glad everything got cleared.”

    Jones had to leave the airport for extra screening. He was not able to go until about 5 a.m.

    “We went to immigration,” he said. “I was considered detained.”

    Jones blamed the incident on a case of mistaken identity.

    “They had the wrong person,” Jones said. They thought I was somebody else.”

    Jones said he was not told whether he had been mistaken for NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones, who has had frequent legal troubles.

    “I don’t know if it’s him,” Jones said. “We’ve got the same name, obviously, but I don’t know if it’s him.”

    Jones posted a note about the incident on his Twitter account but deleted it shortly afterward.

    A message written about 5:30 a.m. Friday read: “detained by immigration in canada for no false accusations till 5am and appreciate someone from the team making sure were ok NOOOOOOTTTTT.”

    Jones said at least one other Baltimore player had to go through extra screening, too.

    Maury Brown had something up last week reporting that:

    …the MLB Players Association to all player agents warns those representing any non-Canadian players who have any past criminal record, that, “Under Canadian immigration laws, individuals who are not Canadian citizens may be detained at the border and, in certain cases may not be permitted to enter Canada at all, if they have any sort of past criminal record.”

    So, this is not shocking to see this happen now…

    Still, I have to wonder if any Yankees will get this treatment when they make their next trip to Toronto? Joba Chamberlain has a DUI arrest. Would they go after him? That’s one that we know about. Are there any Yankees who were busted for something in the past that we don’t know about? This might tell us about it.

    Comments on Canadian Immigration Officials After American Baseball Players With Past Criminal Records

    1. Raf
      May 29th, 2010 | 10:12 am

      I’ve been detained by US Immigration officials, I share a name with someone who was deported to Colombia, and when I checked in @ the border (I was coming back from Montreal), they were wondering what I was doing there. I also share a name with a guy in Puerto Rico who’s wanted for tax evasion.

      Carrying my passport around clears up a lot of things…

      So, this is not shocking to see this happen now…

      I think Ponson had an issue with this the last time he was with the Yankees.

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