Report: Blue Jays Threatened With Huge Fine, Possibly Jail If They Break Quarantine

TSN Blue Jays reporter Scott Mitchell is reporting multiple sources have told him Blue Jays players have been warned they could be fined $750,000 and face potential jail time if they break the Toronto stadium/hotel bubble this summer. Mitchell tweeted that players have been told they’d be in line for the max penalty under the Canadian Quarantine Act, which states a $750,000 fine “or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.”

The part of the Act that Toronto media’s referencing reads:


 Every person who contravenes subsection 6(2), 8(1) or 34(2) or (3), section 36 or 38, subsection 42(1), section 45 or 50, subsection 54(3), section 58 or 59 or subsection 73(2) or the regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $750,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.

Now, it’s unclear if this is just some sort of scare tactic to keep the players in line. Mitchell also indicates he assumes the same would be in play for visiting teams.

The Blue Jays have been staying at the Marriott hotel at the Rogers Centre. Players are expected to spend a total of 14 days in the building during the training camp quarantine. Players are being paid a prorated 37% of their salary for the shortened season. The league minimum this season was supposed to be which now comes out to $208,700. I think it’s safe to say these guys don’t want to be paying any of that to Canada.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. I wonder which athletes/teams/leagues will say NO to all of this crapola? Not NO to playing, but NO to all the insane baby rules.

    Most sports have too many rules to begin with and adding more all the time. Not Tennis or Curling, but nearly all other sports are over regulated.

    Now the rules for playing baseball, basketball and football suggest that you are a slave .. a Slave to the Man, that tells you what to do, where to go, what not to say or eat or breathe. And American Athletes are saying en mass … ‘thank you sir, may I have some mooor’ … just a bit moooor …

    Scared multi millionaire Slaves … yup … I said it.

    Americans will keep playing sports, but watching others play after all this? I don’t know man ?

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