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#140071 - 05/23/07 01:10 PM Put him in a cage and throw away the key
larryb Offline
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This utter piece of s*&$ has done it again. His 5th arrest in 4 years. This time was another fine example of what kind of human being this guy is.

Report: Dukes' wife alleges that outfielder threatened to kill her
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Updated: May 23, 2007, 11:35 AM ET
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The wife of Tampa Bay Devil Rays rookie outfielder Elijah Dukes filed for a restraining order against her husband and said she fears for her life, The St. Petersburg Times reported Wednesday.



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NiShea Gilbert, a middle-school teacher, said that Dukes allegedly burst into her classroom at lunchtime in April. A frightened Gilbert then ran to the principal and got a deputy, who banished Dukes from the school.

Gilbert told a Florida court that Dukes threatened to kill her and sent her a photo of a handgun to her cell phone.

Gilbert played a voice mail allegedly from Dukes for the newspaper. "You dead, dawg. I ain't even [expletive]. Your kids, too."

Gilbert has filed requests for protection twice in the last month, according to the newspaper. A hearing on her latest request is scheduled for May 30.

"I just don't think I should live in fear," Gilbert told the newspaper. "When [the Rays] go out of town, I come home. When they're at home, I go stay with my mother. I shouldn't have to live like that because he's a baseball player."

When approached by the newspaper before Tuesday night's game, Dukes declined to comment on Gilbert's allegations.

"I'm just going to play ball, that's it," Dukes told the newspaper. "I've got to go. I've got a video game to finish."

Dukes is batting .231 in his first major league season with eight home runs and 13 RBIs.
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#140072 - 06/14/07 08:46 AM Re: Put him in a cage and throw away the key [Re: larryb]
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ANOTHER DUKES STORY -----

Rays grant Dukes 'personal day' after latest scandal
Posted: Wednesday June 13, 2007 8:35PM; Updated: Wednesday June 13, 2007 9:59PM



Elijah Dukes, 22, who is known to have five children with four different women, has a long history of off-field problems.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Troubled Tampa Bay outfielder Elijah Dukes was not in uniform for the Devil Rays game Wednesday night against San Diego following another wave of media reports detailing his problems off the field.

Manager Joe Maddon said the 22-year-old rookie was given a "personal day" and would not be at Tropicana Field after it was revealed that a pregnant 18-year-old girl is claiming that Dukes is the father of her unborn child.

The St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune reported the girl was 17 at the time she said she became pregnant while in the foster care of one of Dukes' relatives, but that investigators concluded no laws were broken.

Under Florida law, adults up to the age of 23 are allowed to have consensual sex with 16- and 17-year-olds.

"He's not going to be here today and we're going to play one man short. ... We gave him a personal day, and we're going to leave it at that," Maddon said, adding that vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had informed him that Dukes would not be at the ball park.

Friedman was not available for comment before Wednesday night's game, but issued a one sentence statement.

"After conversations with Elijah and his agent today, the organization approved elijah's absence tonight," Friedman said.

Dukes was benched for two games last month after his estranged wife sought a restraining order after being threatened by the player, who later apologized to his family, the team and fans for the distraction caused by his situation off the field.

Delmon Young was shifted from right field to center in Dukes' absence. Maddon said he was not sure if Dukes would return Thursday for the finale of a three-game series against the Padres.

"I have to talk to Andrew more about that to really understand what we're going to do and what's going on with the whole situation," Maddon said.

Dukes, who has started 46 games, is hitting .193 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs.
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#140073 - 06/14/07 02:36 PM Re: Put him in a cage and throw away the key [Re: larryb]
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Jesus Christ, here you go again. Always pronouncing moral judgements from your false pedestal. Maybe you should be out hunting for more investment opportunities; you truly have way too much time on your hands. He hasn't been convicted of doing anything illegal (at least not yet), the title of your first source includes the word "alleges" and the second article only says that he impregnated a girl of legal age. Do you know the guy personally? You have no clue what is going on. You just read a few newspaper articles and suddenly you turn in to Pat Robertson. You have all the answers, buddy. No, seriously. We should all just sit back and let you tell us how best to live our lives and what is right and wrong.

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#140074 - 06/14/07 03:02 PM Re: Put him in a cage and throw away the key [Re: WeDontNeedRush]
larryb Offline
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Enough of starting all your posts with "Jesus", "Christ", and now I get a "Jesus Christ". Then you rant about me and my "moral judgements". I should be out hunting for more investment opportunities? What are you? My mother or my Boss? The only answer I have for the Elijah Dukes of the world is to lock them up and throw away the key before they kill an innocent person.


YOUR WORDS - "He hasn't been convicted of doing anything illegal (at least not yet)"

You are correct he has not been convicted. He has been arrested numerous times though. The guy has beaten up his sister and the mothers of his children. He is a class act. You are damn right I am going to pass "moral judgement" on him. He beats women and has been arrested numerous times. Where I come from and how I was raised - That is "morally" wrong.
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#140075 - 06/14/07 03:59 PM Re: Put him in a cage and throw away the key [Re: larryb]
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Quote:

Enough of starting all your posts with "Jesus", "Christ", and now I get a "Jesus Christ". Then you rant about me and my "moral judgements". I should be out hunting for more investment opportunities? What are you? My mother or my Boss? The only answer I have for the Elijah Dukes of the world is to lock them up and throw away the key before they kill an innocent person.


YOUR WORDS - "He hasn't been convicted of doing anything illegal (at least not yet)"

You are correct he has not been convicted. He has been arrested numerous times though. The guy has beaten up his sister and the mothers of his children. He is a class act. You are damn right I am going to pass "moral judgement" on him. He beats women and has been arrested numerous times. Where I come from and how I was raised - That is "morally" wrong.




So then genius,tell me...why HASN'T he been convicted? You can allege all you want, but you don't have any proof; and I guess neither did the DA. People get arrested all the time for things they didn't do. Supposedly, how it works is that you're arrested, charged, THEN convicted...not the other way around.

Your brilliant position is that we should "lock him up and throw away the key before he kills an innocent person." While I'm not surprised that is the only thing you could come up with, it's pretty god damn scary. So now we only need to ASSUME he MIGHT kill someone to throw him in jail? Jesus what a stupid f*cking position. I guess we're supposed to trust you and the other psuedo-omniscient Einsteins with our lives. You're absolutely delusional guy.

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#140076 - 06/14/07 04:39 PM Re: Put him in a cage and throw away the key [Re: WeDontNeedRush]
larryb Offline
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OK - since you ask - Why he has not been convicted (?) (yes he has once or twice - had to do public service work in the past) of most crimes it is because his sister and girlfriends/wife/ho's have been too afraid he MIGHT kill them if he went to prison. He threatend to kill his wife and his child. Is is documented. RIGHT? Either he MIGHT hire someone to do it or do it himself when he got out. Same reason why most women of abuse fail to want the abuser prosecuted. FEAR!
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#140077 - 06/14/07 04:44 PM Re: Put him in a cage and throw away the key [Re: larryb]
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So then what do we do? Just account for the women's fear and throw the guy in jail even though there is not enough evidence to convict him? I guess at some point the women have to take that risk. We can't go around locking people up because people are afraid of them. If they commit a crime, fine (although personally I disagree with the whole concept of prison, but that is another story) but otherwise, me saying, "Well, larryb has been threatening me. I'm not willing to testify to that effect...because he has been threatening me. But, can you just go ahead and lock him up anyway so I'll feel safe? Thanks" doesn't work for me MORALLY.

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#140078 - 06/15/07 09:55 AM Re: Put him in a cage and throw away the key [Re: WeDontNeedRush]
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I can admit you are correct. We can't just put someone in prison who we feel may be a threat. It is a double edged sword. We don't arrest him and put him in prison until he kills someone. The law protects the innocent. He has not killed any one, so no need to worry about him. I posted this in the past. It SEEMS as if he is a time bomb waiting to explode.

TAMPA - In late April, Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes barged into his wife's middle school classroom at lunchtime.

He was so irate that she ran to get the principal and a deputy, who banned Dukes from the property, records show.

His wife, who said she fears for her life, sought a restraining order and told the court it was the latest in a string of outbursts by the 22-year-old rookie player.

Dukes' wife, NiShea Gilbert, 26, a teacher at Beth Shields Middle School in Ruskin, told the court in another filing Thursday that her husband threatened to kill her and sent a photo of a handgun to her cell phone.

She played the St. Petersburg Times a voice mail message she said was from Dukes:

"You dead, dawg," says an angry voice. "I ain't even bulls-------. Your kids, too."

Dukes is in his first season with the Devil Rays, and his eight home runs - the most by any American League rookie - speak to his professional promise.

But Dukes' personal life is a mess. Twice in the last month, the wife of the Tampa native and former Hillsborough High standout has filed requests for protection against him. A court hearing on her latest request is May 30.

"I just don't think I should live in fear," said Gilbert. "When (the Rays) go out of town, I come home. When they're at home, I go stay with my mother. I shouldn't have to live like that because he's a baseball player."

Dukes, when approached after batting practice Tuesday evening, declined to discuss the allegations.

"I'm just going to play ball, that's it," he said. "I've got to go. I've got a video game to finish."

He referred to a statement provided by Rick Vaughn, team vice president.

"The end of our marriage is a personal matter for my wife and me," the statement reads. "Out of respect for my family, especially my children, I wish to keep our proceedings private."

Andrew Friedman, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations, said he was aware of the marital strife, but he knew nothing about allegations of threats.

"I think it's premature to comment on it," he said. "This is the first that we've heard of it. ... The only knowledge we had was that this was a messy divorce. But obviously not the extent that she's stating."

After the school incident, Gilbert filed a request for a restraining order. It was dropped when she missed a court hearing. She filed a second request Thursday.

In it, she said she missed the hearing because one of her children was in the hospital. She said she has received other death threats in recent weeks, including the message she says Dukes left May 2 on her phone.

Here's what the voice on the machine says:

"Hey, dawg. It's on, dawg. You dead, dawg. I ain't even bulls-------. Your kids too, dawg. It don't even matter to me who is in the car with you. N-----, all I know is, n-----, when I see your m-----f------- a-- riding, dawg, it's on. As a matter of fact, I'm coming to your m-----f------ house."

She also says Dukes called her and told her to check her cell phone.

He sent a text message with a photo of a handgun, she said.

"Elijah continues to call me telling me he is going to kill me and texting me pictures of a gun," she wrote in her request to the court. "I am scared for my life and my kids' life."

However, Gilbert did not call police about those threats, saying she saw the restraining order as an "alternative" way of protecting herself.

"People kept telling me it would mess up his career," said Gilbert, who said both family and friends told her not to press charges against Dukes.

But deputies have been called four times to deal with the couple's domestic issues, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

In 2003, Gilbert accused Dukes of throwing a remote control at her. In April 2004, she accused him of harassing phone calls. Later that year, she said he hit her with a soda can, threw a glass candy bowl and ripped a phone cord out of the wall when she tried to call 911. In August 2006, deputies arrested Gilbert, accusing her of scratching her husband's back during an argument. The charge was dropped in September.

Court records show that Dukes was sentenced to probation in February 2005 for a charge of domestic battery. They also show that Gilbert received a yearlong restraining order against Dukes in October 2004. But the incident involved in those cases was unclear Tuesday.

In October 2005, another Tampa woman, Carla Bryant, the mother of Dukes' oldest child, filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Dukes. A judge ordered that he stay away from her for a year. Bryant claimed Dukes threatened her over the phone.

Dukes was ordered to attend an anger management course.

Reached Tuesday, Bryant declined to say why she filed for protection. She said she was "going through complicated issues" at the time. Her grandfather was ailing. Dukes was trying to be more involved in their daughter's life.

"We've resolved an issue that we probably could have dealt with ourselves," Bryant said. "As far as anything domestic, I haven't had any altercations with him recently, and anything in the past, I'd like to leave it there."

The pair have a daughter. Bryant had no complaints about Dukes' treatment of the child.

Four women have gone to court seeking child support from Dukes. In all four cases, the court found Dukes was the father, meaning he has at least five children by four women. Two of those women were pregnant at the same time, giving birth in 2003 within eight days of each other.

Gilbert met Dukes when she was a student in 2003 at the University of South Florida. She filed for child support in March 2004 after the couple's first child was born. He was ordered to pay $222.26 a month.

During her second pregnancy, she sought and won a yearlong restraining order against him. A judge ordered him to attend a certified batterers' intervention program and substance abuse evaluation.

She noticed little improvement in his behavior, she said.

After the child was born, Dukes proposed. The couple married Feb. 27, 2006. They have a 3-year-old son and a daughter nearly 2.

Life only got more frustrating after the marriage, she said.

"We went to the courthouse in Brandon and got married and things have gone downhill ever since," she said. "My life has been turned upside down since I've been dealing with him."

Gilbert once filed for divorce but changed her mind. Now, she says she plans to file for divorce again.

On April 30, Gilbert was in her classroom at Shields Middle School when she heard a banging on the door. Her students were at lunch. Another teacher answered the door.

"It was Elijah (my husband) coming toward me at my desk stating he was going to beat my a-- and kill me," Gilbert wrote in her request for a restraining order.

Dukes later left the room and walked through the school's halls, she wrote. Gilbert and her co-worker ran to the school's front office.

"I told them to get the deputy because he was acting out of his mind," she said in an interview. "I told them, 'Just have him escorted off. I don't want him to go to jail. Just make him leave.'"

Deputy Theresa Montaldo tried to calm him down. When principal Tom Scott arrived, he admonished Dukes, Gilbert said.

Dukes was ordered to leave campus.

"Estranged wife is employee," the trespass warning reads. "He came to see her - very irate."

Dukes, who grew up in Sulphur Springs, saw his father convicted of second-degree murder when he was 11. Elijah Dukes Sr. received a 20-year prison sentence for shooting a man who sold his wife $100 worth of fake crack cocaine.

Dukes, who makes the major-league minimum $380,000, is considered one of the best all-around athletes on the Rays, with a mix of speed and power that some scouts predict could make him one of the game's top players. He made the jump to the majors this season and earned some playing time, then took over as the starting centerfielder when Rocco Baldelli was injured last week.

Before he moved up to the major leagues, Dukes had on-field confrontations last season with a coach and a teammate while with Devil Rays' Triple-A affiliate Durham. He was suspended for 30 games.

Dukes was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession during a traffic stop on Jan. 15. A hearing is scheduled for June 4.

"He's trying to act like he's made a change," Gilbert said. "He's made no changes. He's gotten worse. He says that since he plays baseball, 'No one can f--- with me.'"

Dukes' agent, Scott Pucino, questioned Gilbert's motives in making allegations against the athlete.

"I don't know those to be true," Pucino said. "I do know I think she is clearly using the media to leverage this divorce proceeding. There's money involved, and unfortunately she's going to the media."

But Pucino and the Devil Rays both says Dukes' behavior has improved.

"He has made a lot of strides, but obviously this is something that certainly requires our attention," Friedman, of the Rays, said.

Times researchers Cathy Wos and John Martin and staff writers Marc Topkin and Kevin Graham contributed to this report.

Fast Facts:

Elijah Dukes' children

Date of birth Mother Gender

Nov. 25, 2003 NiShea Gilbert boy

Dec. 3, 2003 Carla Bryant girl

June 7, 2004 Shantell Mitchell boy

June 16, 2005 NiShea Gilbert girl

July 19, 2006 Porcia Daniels girl
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