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Elijah Dukes arrested, accused of hitting pregnant ex-girlfriend

Mar 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Elijah Dukes’ big-league career is likely over, but the former Rays and Nationals outfielder continues to make headlines for his off-field behavior.

Dukes was arrested Wednesday night in Florida for allegedly slapping his pregnant ex-girlfriend multiple times during a verbal altercation, with Ileana Morales of the St. Petersburg Times reporting that Dukes also has outstanding warrants for contempt of court and driving with a suspended license.

According to Morales the 26-year-old former top-ranked prospect was charged with aggravated battery and is being held in jail without bond. While the alleged battery occurred at a motel, the Associated Press reports that Dukes drove to his mother’s house and was arrested there “without incident.”

Dukes was suspended multiple times while playing in the Rays’ minor-league system–including a 2007 incident in which his ex-wife accused him of threatening her and their child–and the Nationals released him following the 2009 season for what was clearly something other than purely the “baseball reasons” they cited at the time.

Pretty safe to say he’s a bigger bust as a human being than he was as a baseball player.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    It takes a real piece of shit to hit a woman, but there are places reserved in hell for the pieces of shit who would hit a pregnant woman. If it comes to pass that he did this, I hope they lock this scumbag up and throw away the key.

    • Alex K - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      I 100% agree.

    • chedberg - Mar 3, 2011 at 8:16 PM

      Also agree. They don’t take too kindly to women beaters where he is going to end up, so here’s for a little justice coming his way.

  2. Davidw7 - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    “Pretty safe to say he’s a bigger bust as a human being than he was as a baseball player.”

    So true!

    Dude is a walking joke. He is a loser and deserves no place near anyone.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      He’s a warlock from Mars

  3. phukyouk - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    “Pretty safe to say he’s a bigger bust as a human being than he was as a baseball player.”

    WIN!

  4. nps6724 - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    I dunno Aaron. He *was* a pretty shitty ball player.

  5. BC - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    This guy’s going to have to go to jail for a long time in order for him to shape up. He’s BAD NEWS.

    • Old Gator - Mar 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      I don’t think in his case it’ll matter how long they lock him up. This guy sounds like he came hardwired for sociopathy. I suspect he’s less a recidivist in a purely behavioral sense than he is genetically predetermined for an inability to empathize with anyone else as well as for violence. He also seems to be preternaturally stupid, as in too stupid even to mimic effectively the emotions and social graces he perceives in those around him, as a sociopath with a working mind in his brain might do. Florida is a “three strkes” state. Let’s hope he’s called out for good before he kills someone – as he clearly will eventually if not incarcerated.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    How tough of a choice is this: stay out of trouble for a few years and become a millionaire ballplayer, or be a big screw up and appear on a late night COPS episode? Moron

    • bleedgreen - Mar 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      I always wondered the same thing. Play in the NFL for 5-7 years, make a few million, invest it properly, and live upper middle class for the rest of your life without ever having to work, or poppin bottles of kris every night and HAVING to play for 10-15 years to pay for it all.

  7. hnirobert3 - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    He was just keepin’ it real.

    • JBerardi - Mar 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      What exactly is that supposed to mean?

      • hnirobert3 - Mar 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Chappelle Show reference.

    • miket5 - Mar 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      lol i caught that one right away

  8. Utley's Hair - Mar 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Dude is giving Milton Bradley a run for his money. This jerkwad needs some serious help.

    • JBerardi - Mar 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      Oh, he’s way, WAY worse than Bradley. Bradley is mostly just a pain in the ass; a guy can keep getting chances if he’s just a pain in the ass. That’s how he’s remained on MLB rosters for a decade or so now. Dukes is a whole other thing. People call him stupid, but it’s so far beyond that. He’s just got some kind of major damage where he’s fundamentally unable to consider the consequences of his actions like a normal person does. You don’t go around hitting pregnant women just out of being dumb or a jerk. The guy is mentally ill. Serious help is right.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        My point was that it took how long before Bradley (allegedly?) made his terrositic threats, while Dukes leapfrogged him to graduate to actual (alleged) abuse in a much shorter time frame.

  9. ted1sheckler - Mar 3, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Cmon, I like my women battered. You guys still eat them plain?!

    • BC - Mar 3, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      -1

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 3, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      Wow…that’s just…totally out of place here…or anywhere, for that matter.

    • Panda Claus - Mar 3, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      Had you included the word “tempura” before the word “battered”, you might have struck the humorous vein you were searching for.

      Fortunately or not, beating up pregnant women does not play too well in the comedy clubs.

      • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

        do you speak on behalf of all the comedy clubs ??

  10. king3319 - Mar 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Chris F-
    You couldn’t be more right!!! Along with child molesters, women beaters…these are the lowest form of human on the planet!!!

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 3, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      “Chris F- You couldn’t be more right!!!”

      No offense, Chris…phellow Phightins Phan…but when was the last time those words were uttered?

  11. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    this is the kind of people living in St. Jetersburg, if so Jetes better sell that little old house of his.
    i’m just saying……

    buh bye

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