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Elijah Dukes Is Now A Rapper, Admits He Smoked Marijuana Before Games

Remember Elijah Dukes, the troubled, but colorful former Nationals outfielder that Jim Bowden loved, for some reason. You're probably wondering what happened to that guy. You also probably are wondering what crazy mischief he's up to these days, since you assume that he's doing something weird because he's Elijah Dukes.

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As it turns out - you're right! According to a Tampa Tribune article, Dukes has reinvented himself as a rapper. He calls himself "Fly Eli" and is writing lyrics and beats about all the hardships he's been through in his life. In other words, he's like any other rapper.

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"Life is our hook," says Fly Eli, better known as Elijah Dukes to baseball fans and those who knew him when he was a hot shot athlete growing up in Tampa. "What we see is what you get."

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And what are some of those hardships? Why, smoking marijuana before games, of course. Wait, what?

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↵↵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.    

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I wonder if Jim Bowden knew about this. (Answer: probably. But he's a five-tool player!).

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(Via Nationals Enquirer)

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↵↵UPDATE: Here's video of Dukes recording a demo track for a rap called "Say No To Drugs." There's too much irony for me to even make a joke. Language very much not safe for work. Via @kevin_reiss

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