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Sox reliever Thornton: Oney’s tweets on Jenks crossed a line

Updated: January 2, 2011 12:19AM

White Sox relief pitcher Matt Thornton said Oney Guillen’s recent Twitter comments about Bobby Jenks irritated him and point to a clubhouse confidentiality issue the Sox need to address.

‘‘What happened here with Oney tweeting what he did, that’s crossing a pretty big line, in my personal opinion,’’ Thornton told an ESPN-1000 radio show Saturday. ‘‘That’s something that’s gotta be addressed quickly and taken care of and snuffed out real fast. Anytime you bring clubhouse stuff out in the open, I don’t care what it is, it’s that person’s personal business and also the clubhouse’s personal business.’’

Oney Guillen, 24, the second of Sox manager Ozzie Guillen’s three sons, called Jenks a ‘‘punk’’ and made references to past issues in Jenks’ personal life after Jenks criticized his father after signing a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox.

Thornton said the team can’t be distracted by or ‘‘worry about any of this stupid he-said, she-said stuff.’’

‘‘The fact that anything was said at all is ridiculous,’’ Thornton said.

Sun-Times staff

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