(Photo of Elijah Dukes on TV by Nationals Enquirer Staff. Good luck in Tampa this weekend, Mr. Dukes.)
"I'm cool with it. I've been playing in Florida for a long time. I'm pretty familiar with playing in front of my home crowd. I have family watching over there. It's like playing at home."
(Elijah Dukes, via Nationals dot com, 6/11/2009)
Elijah Dukes returns to Tropicana Field for the first time since turmoil in his personal life derailed his rookie season in 2007.
Sure, Elijah's cool with it; but no doubt Rays fans will have their knives sharpened in Tampa Bay this weekend.
This morning's St. Petersburg Times rehashes Dukes' personal struggles, and indicates that just last month, ANOTHER lawsuit was filed against Dukes (which was kept under wraps here in Washington):
And just last month, Shana Elisa Marbra, 23, filed a lawsuit claiming Dukes is the father of her 1-year-old son.
Another kid? By our count, that would bring his kid-tally to seven. Seven! That's a lot of kids; especially for a guy who's had trouble paying for the other ones.
Good luck in St. Pete this weekend, Mr. Dukes. We're honestly hoping for nothing but the best for you. Hopefully James Williams is on duty. Just don't knock anybody out or up, and maybe keep your cellphone off, too.