A case of mistaken identity caused Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones to be detained by Canadian immigration officials Saturday, and his football namesake may have been to blame.
Extra screenings at the border have recently become commonplace as Canadians put extra checks on Americans with criminal convictions or arrests.
“Basically, what happened, was they had the wrong person,” said Jones. “They thought I was somebody else. It all got situated but it took its
time to get situated. . . . They said I had a criminal record. My mom raised me
better than that.”
According to Jones’ mother, that wrong person was Adam “Pacman” Jones of the Bengals. She wrote on her Facebook page that the immigration officials thought her son was the man who made “making it rain” famous. (Even though, you know, he was traveling with a baseball team.)
Adam Jones of the Orioles couldn’t confirm that, but it sure makes for a funnier story.
The Bengals and their new cornerback can rest easy, though. The team faces the Bills in the preseason, but it’s not one of the games in Toronto.