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Adam Jones detained at the Canadian border

May 28, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

We learned last week that Canada had begun an immigration crackdown and that some ballplayers had been detained at the border on their way to Toronto to face the Blue Jays.  Indeed, the union had warned player agents about it and asked that they get their clients’ papers in order.

One guy who might not have had his papers in order is the Orioles’ Adam Jones who, according to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com was detained on the way into Canada this morning. Ghiroli says it wasn’t a criminal matter, and he’s apparently with the team now, so this isn’t exactly a “Midnight Express” situation, but obviously not everything went as planned today.

More later as we learn more.

  1. lar @ wezen-ball - May 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Dave Brown at Big League Stew had a little more on it (though, of course, nothing directly from Jones or the team): http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Orioles-Adam-Jones-tweets-about-being-detained-?urn=mlb,244367

  2. Ron - May 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    I always assumed Jones was an American because of his name. Where is he from?

  3. Matt in Toledo - May 28, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    He was detained only as long as it took them to confirm he was not “Pacman”.

  4. jimbeetle - May 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Dang, come on Craig, if you’re to bring the immigration crackdown angle up you should at least take the time to note that Jones was born in San Diego, CA.

  5. J. McCann - May 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Oh Billy!

  6. Moses Green - May 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Thankfully the Orioles don’t have to play in Arizona.

  7. Mark R - May 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    You do realize that the United States and Canada are different countries and that immigration policies are germane to the case of an American player detained while crossing the Canadian border, right?

  8. Aaron Moreno - May 29, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    He has to have his papers in order? When did it start being spelled Kanada?

  9. Joey B - May 29, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    “He has to have his papers in order? When did it start being spelled Kanada?”
    No, it is spelled with a ‘C’, though the etymology of the word actually starts with a ‘K’.
    Other than that, I believe every country wants you to have your papers in order before you enter their country. Fortunately this is Canada. If this was Arizona, we’d already have a 1000 posts accusing them of being fascists and racists.

  10. gary - May 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    The Canucks racially profiled the poor dude. When is BArack Hussein Obama, um, um, um, gonna criticize the Canadian law.

  11. Will - May 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Oh, those wicked, fascist Canadians. Honestly, everybody knows that people are entitled to waltz across international borders willy-nilly.

  12. jimbeetle - May 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    I wasn’t commenting on the legal stuff, simply the lazy reporting.
    (And I was also a bit lazy in my comment; in my haste I forgot to ask if Jones has a criminal record. That’s the nub of the matter and what really should have been addressed.)

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