The Tampa Tribune is coming out with a profile on Dukes, who was a third-round pick of the (then-Devil) Rays in 2002 and released by the Nationals in March, in tomorrow's editions. But the paper has a teaser up for the story on its website, and it sounds like a humdinger.
He says he was blackballed by baseball after he came forward last year with allegations that fellow ballplayers 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.So if you've ever wondered to yourself, "Say, what ever happened to that Elijah Dukes kid?" well, that's what happened.
-- David Andriesen