After flaming out furiously with the Tampa Bay Rays and then the Washington Nationals after fights with players and coaches and several run ins with the law, Dukes has made the seamless transition from disgraced Major League Baseball player to wannabe rapper.
Taking the nom de plume Fly Eli, Dukes was recording his first album when Tampa Bay Online spoke with him.
Life is our hook. What we see is what you get.
Well, with insight like that, Dukes should have little difficulty becoming the voice of a generation. When not describing his music in the vaguest fashion possible, the former outfielder speaks of being blackballed by MLB.
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.
Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and assume that the difficulty Dukes is having in finding work in baseball has a lot more to do with the only consistent part of his game being trips to the Disabled List and arguments with teammates.
If not, then perhaps it has something to do with his off field activities. Dukes has been arrested three times for battery, once for assault, once for failure to pay child support, and had a restraining order filed against him by his wife at the time in 2007 after the former he sent her a voicemail expressing his feelings about their future together.
Some of the language he used is harsh so you may want to cover your eyes while you read:
Hey, dawg. It’s on, dawg. You dead, dawg. I ain’t even bull[Getting Blanked]. And your kids too, dawg. It don’t even matter to me who is in the car with you . . . all I know is . . . when I see your mother[Getting Blanked]ing ass riding, dawg, it’s on. As a matter of fact, I’m coming to your motherfucking house.
Just in case she failed to understand his intentions, he also sent her a photo of a gun.
Later that year, it was reported that a 17 year old foster child, living under the care of Dukes’ grandmother, claimed that Dukes had impregnated her. When she informed Dukes of her condition, he allegedly threw a Gatorade bottle at her. Unfortunately for Dukes, electrolyte drinks don’t have the same potency as morning after pills, knowledge that may have prevented Dukes from fathering at least six children with four different women.
The only thing to look forward to with regard to Dukes’ burgeoning rap career is finding out whom he’ll blame when it inevitably fails.