05/28/10 6:42 PM ET
Jones held, released by Canadian customs
Orioles outfielder apparently a victim of mistaken identity
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
"Everything is cool," Jones said. "They said I had a criminal record, [but] my mom raised me better than that. I have never been involved with anything criminal in my entire life. It was a long, pointless situation to me because of the circumstances, but I'm glad that got cleared and that won't be a problem anymore coming into this country."
While Jones was not the only member of the team asked to get into a van and leave the airport to undergo further screening, the All-Star center fielder drew attention to the situation by using his Twitter page to blow off some steam. His initial Tweet -- which reportedly used harsh words against the team and insinuated he was alone -- has since been deleted.
Both team officials -- who declined comment about Jones' Tweets -- and Jones clarified on Friday afternoon that there was a member from the front office with the small group of detainees, and Jones said he learned his lesson.
"What happened was they had the wrong person. They thought I was somebody else," said Jones, who dispelled rumors that the person in question was NFL star Adam "Pacman" Jones. "It all got situated but it took its time to get situated. It's frustrating for me, I shouldn't have put it out how I put it out [on Twitter]. It's just frustrating."
Although he reportedly Tweeted that the process took 10 hours, when asked again on Friday afternoon Jones couldn't pinpoint exactly how long the process took. The Orioles declined comment, but manager Dave Trembley said crossing into Canada has become increasingly difficult for teams around baseball.
"From what I understand, a lot of teams have had some issues coming in," Trembley said. "I guess the word is more stringent screening is taking place to get people in.
"My understanding [is the Jones situation] was a case of mistaken identity. Unfortunate, but glad it got cleared up."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.