Saturday, February 12, 2011
Elijah Dukes' new life
Nearly one year later, that opportunity has yet to come, and it's pretty clear it will never come for Dukes, who at 26 is now embarking on entirely new journey: as an aspiring rapper.
The Tampa Tribune has a fascinating story online this morning about Dukes, who is trying to make a name for himself as rapper Fly Eli and also opens up about his final days with the Nationals. Dukes claims he sometimes smoked marijuana before games and that teammates (he wouldn't name who) sometimes brought marijuana and cocaine on the team's charter plane.
Dukes told the Tribune he believes his abrupt release by the Nationals in March came about only because he told a psychiatrist assigned to him as part of Major League Baseball's employee assistance program about the drug allegations. He believes he's been "blackballed" by baseball since; other than a brief stint with the independent Newark Bears last summer, he has not played for any other organized club.
MLB insists Dukes never told the psychiatrist about taking or transporting drugs. The Nationals wouldn't comment. Upon releasing Dukes last spring, general manager Mike Rizzo said it was a "performance-based decision," adding that "there are things that happen in the clubhouse on the periphery that are clubhouse matters."
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 10:27 AM