Best news of the offseason: Elijah Dukes won't be going to jail for 90 days. For now.
Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes will not face any prison time, according to two sources, as he paid $40,643 in back child support to his estranged wife, NiShea Gilbert, on Friday.
On Jan. 14, Dukes was ordered by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe to pay the money by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, or face a 90-day prison sentence. According to TampaBay.com, Dukes' attorney gave the check to Gilbert's representative at 4:57 p.m.
4:57 p.m.? Cutting it a wee bit close, don't you think?