Commentary

Keeping up with the Joneses

Originally Published: June 1, 2010
By Adam Watson | Special to Page 2

Of course it was Adam "Pacman" Jones.

Who else could Canadian authorities be screening for when they detained Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones for hours on Friday morning?

Something tells me that famous landscape photographer Adam Jones isn't on Canada's "No Entry" list.

And even if our neighbors to the north aren't down with alt metal, I'm sure they still allow Grammy-Award winning Tool guitarist Adam Jones across the border.

Still, the Orioles center fielder would not confirm whether or not he was being confused for the troubled NFL star when he attempted to enter the country to take on the Blue Jays recently.

"I don't know if it's him. We got the same name obviously, but I'm not going to say I was mistaken for him when I don't know," said Oriole Adam Jones.

But it's pretty clear that Canada was looking for the guy who ended up on the police blotter over a half dozen times during his rocky tenure in the NFL. When asked for comment, Pacman Jones said, "I regret that these recent incidents have occurred and that my name has been falsely dragged into these matters that are completely unrelated to me."

Just kidding. That's what Pacman said after being questioned about a gas station shooting in Nashville in April 2006.

The Oriole Adam Jones has never had trouble with the police and was incensed at the mix up.

"They said I had a criminal record. 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."

The same can't be said for Pacman, who recently signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. If he ever wants to get into Canada, he'll have to take the same approach he did when he wanted to return kicks again for the Titans in October 2005.

"I'm going to get back in there soon. It's going to be a surprise."

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