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Elijah Dukes is now a rapper. And he used to smoke weed before Nats games.

Feb 11, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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The guys over at Nationals Enquirer directed my attention to this Tampa Tribune story about former Rays and Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes.  Seems that Dukes is now a rapper known as “Fly Eli.”  He’s got an album ready to drop, as the kids say, and has concerts scheduled and all of that.  Oh, and like Jose Canseco, he believes Major League Baseball has blackballed him:

In several interviews, including one at his home and one at the studio, Dukes talked about how the police are out to get him, the difficulties of being a black athlete in Tampa and how he was “thrown under the bus” by Major League Baseball.

He says he was blackballed by baseball after he came forward last year with allegations that fellow ball players were smuggling drugs onto chartered aircraft, using drugs in hotel rooms after flights and how he would sometimes smoke marijuana before home games when he played for the Washington Nationals.

Maybe Elijah Dukes was exposing wrongdoing.  But Dukes was also given a bunch of chances by Major League Baseball and he always — always — ended up alienating his teammates or worse. There was promise there once, but he was never worth the baggage, and I find it rather hard to believe that baseball went after Elijah Dukes the whistleblower as opposed to simply cutting ties with Elijah Dukes the enormous pain in the ass.

But hey, good luck storming the hip-hop charts, Fly Eli.

  1. mdpickles - Feb 11, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    He wants to be a rapper, but he just snitched on all of baseball. Is this not a conflict of interest? Dukes has one more strikeout in him.

  2. billybeaneismyhero - Feb 11, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    I’m not surprised Dukes smoked pot beforehand. Copious amounts of pot and alcohol are the way most Nats fans get through games at Nats Park. Why should the players be any different.

    • paul621 - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      Do you even go to Nats games, or are you just assuming this because they aren’t any good?

      • billybeaneismyhero - Feb 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM

        Actually yeah. I live in the DC area. I was making a joke, so please stop taking yourself so seriously.

      • motherscratcher23 - Feb 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM

        New to the interwebs,Paul? Feel free to just read for a while. You know, get the lay of the land.

      • paul621 - Feb 14, 2011 at 6:30 AM

        Just used to lots of jokes about the Nats and Nats fans from people who’ve never even been here, that’s all. And they’re mostly tired, cliche jokes, too.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 11, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Oddly enough, the headline neither surprised or shocked me.

    Canseco has an extra seat on the Blackball Bus, Fly Eli.

    • Panda Claus - Feb 11, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      Pete Rose must be the bus driver.

  4. xmatt0926x - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Wow. Everyone is out to get him and it’s tough for a black athlete in Tampa. How original. Does he know Milton Bradley and Gary Sheffield??

  5. scatterbrian - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Smoked weed? Big deal. I once shot up before a rec league softball game and hit the game-winning double. Beat that, Fly Eli.

  6. Brian Murphy - Feb 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Tampa really hated Carl Crawford, David Price, Fred McGriff.

    Actually they didn’t; those players played well, so it stands to reason that they were liked. What Elijah apparently doesn’t understand is that it’s hard to get any community to like you as a baseball player if you run your mouth, alienate your teammates, find ways to get into legal trouble, (cough) threaten to kill your wife and kids (cough), act like you are above the team and then bat .190.

    Dukes will always refuse to realize that he’s the reason why he failed in baseball. I fear that a rock-bottom story isn’t far off in his life, and it’s going to be frightening.

  7. b7p19 - Feb 11, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    This is hilarious.

  8. iftheshoefits2 - Feb 11, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Is that an official race card he’s playing, or did he print it at home?

    Maybe if he was studying pitchers more, and smoking less, people in Tampa would have liked him more…

    I look forward to mocking him in an entirely new career.

  9. akeemdropsdaball - Feb 12, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Darryl Strawberry is reading this and ashamed.

  10. Dan in Katonah - Feb 12, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Should change his name to “M.C. Dumbass”

  11. chedberg - Feb 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    This guy is a bum. He could never get out of his own way long enough to have a productive Major League career.

    Stop ratting on your former brethren and drop that album already so you can still not have enough money to pay your back child support for your 18 kids. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Antonio Cromartie says hi.

  12. vikesfansteve - Feb 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    The guy played like he was stoned.

    I think the same thing about Darren Span, the guy looks high as a kite most of the time.

  13. Panda Claus - Feb 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Wasn’t that also the name of a Steve Miller song? Fly Like an Eli?

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