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Dukes Wife Tells NYBD the Other Side of Elijah



By Mike Silva ~ March 24th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva.

We have been discussing the recent release of Elijah Dukes from the Washington Nationals. Howard and I chimed in on the situation and advocated both New York teams bringing him into their organization. If you read the papers, do research on Google, or listen to recent comments from Washington a very negative picture of Dukes is painted. I have also been critical of Dukes in the past. NiShea Dukes, Elijah’s wife, contacted me and asked for the opportunity to give her thoughts on Elijah. This is what she had to say:

I am very saddened about the situation because I know baseball is Elijah’s life and that’s all he knows.  It gives me a discomfort feeling to know that in the public eye there is such an ugly picture painted of him.  I wish he could erase his past, but no one can erase their past so he must move forward and try to make changes where changes need to be made.  Hopefully, I can help him through this troubling time in his life.

Elijah and I have definitely had our differences, but I have forgiven him for everything we have experienced as a couple and now its all about our kids.  He has grown so much as a father and an individual, no one could even imagine.   He is able to communicate much more effectively.  To be honest, Elijah is a huge teddy bear that I think intimidates people with his size.  He may say things, but I have learned he doesn’t mean any harm.

Since his father passed, I have seen a huge difference in the way he carries himself.  He is still grieving over his father and right now I know his father is frowning upon his son’s release from baseball.  Elijah’s dad wanted much success for his son and his children.

Right now, all I can do is talk to Elijah about being humble and pray that a team will give him another chance of fulfilling his dream.  He is full of talent and it would be such a shame for it to go to waste.  His children will definitely miss watching their father play baseball because they love the sport just as much as he does.

I wish his past would go away, but no one’s past will go away.  Please know he has made tremendous strides in life and hasn’t been in any off the field trouble since 2007.  A lot of his off the field problems were child support issues no major crimes were committed.  Hopefully, a team will take this into consideration when frowning upon him and his issues.


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10 Responses to Dukes Wife Tells NYBD the Other Side of Elijah

  1. Shamik

    Well, if his wife sticks up for him, he must be a good guy! In all seriousness though, I’d never begrudge a man the opportunity to earn a living. Hopefully he does have his head on straight, improves as a player and a person.

  2. forever

    I was VERY close with Elijah, and I personally know his wife as well. I think this article has no merit once so ever. First of all, everyone needs to look at the source….his soon to be ex-wife. If anyone has paid attention to most of the drama he has went through it all surrounded their relationship and their divorce proceedings. Nishea’s motive’s for speaking on Elijah’s character is not to show how he’s changed; it’s to make sure her child support payments don’t change! This female is toxic. While I agree that he should and needs to pay child support, this female is all about money. She has done everything in her power to keep him in court, and get as much money out of him as possible. She is a teacher trying her hardest to live a celebrity lifestyle. SO SAD. These are the types of people that are in Elijah’s corner, have always been in his corner, and it’s sad to say but he just has a hard time seeing things for what they are and moving on with his life. She pulls him in with the kids, and when things don’t go her way…oops….Elijah’s in the media again. Surprised? I’m not.
    As far as Elijah goes, I think he still has a lot of growing to do. He has made some changes, but has a lot more work to do. It’s time to leave his past behind and realize the opportunity that he has been blessed with and appreciate it. Do I think he has made the best decisions? NO. But who are we to judge? So many of these sites say I don’t want him on MY team……you all are fans not management. Get a grip. If you had baggage, should that keep you from earning a living at what you choose to do? No. The one thing that I do agree with Nishea (imagine that) is that he does deserve one final chance to pull it together. He has not hurt anyone. Robbed or stolen a thing. He has had children, and no pays or them but him. Maybe a major league team, maybe a minor league contract…..one chance. The other side to this is that the Washington Nationals really didn’t have to end things the way that they did. Number one, they already stated that they had been trying to trade him all long. Number two, they had consistantly reported him as their starter, and then dropped him like a hot cake. Number three, fired him right before having to fully pay him. And finally, waiting until the end of spring training so he would have difficulty being picked up by another team. They knew all along that he was not in their plans for the future. They should have let him go during the offseason. That’s the bad part. That’s what should be talked about. Not about baggage from three years ago. Not the nonsense that Nishea wants the world to know. Talk to him. Period. A story will always be just that…a story. Try adding the facts, which is Elijah Dukes himself.

  3. Vlad

    If he’s “never hurt anyone”, then why was he arrested for battery multiple times as a juvenile?

    The link confirming it is in the “Website” slot on this post.

  4. His BIG sister

    Here’s the deal and a direct message to Nishea GILBERT!! When there’s a media spotlight, you’ll see her out of that want to be celeb lifestyle in front of the cam….I WISH SHE’D GET A GRIP MOVE ON WITH HER LIFE AND STOP BUYING GIFTS AND OTHER THINGS GIVING THEM TO MY BROTHER THAT’S NOT BEING DOCUMENTED ON DIVORCE PROCEDURES TO PROVE TO HIM AND THE OTHERS OUTSIDE THE BOX THAT SHE’S IN LOVE WITH MY BROTHER (NOOOOOTTTT). “FOREVER”, YOU COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER IN WORDS….IT MADE ME TEAR UP AND I’M SITTING AT MY DESK HERE AT WORK READING NISHEA’S NONSENSE. HURT ANYONE??!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? HE’S HURT HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY (US) DUE TO THE PAIN AND GRIEVE YOU’VE CAUSED US ALL! I WISH YOU WOULD LEAVE THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND GO OVERSEAS SOMEWHERE AS THAT GROUPIE YOU ARE…..YOUR NAME WILL NEVER GIVE OFF A POSITIVE IMAGE! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT MY BROTHER IS GOING THRU WHEN IT COMES TO OUR FATHER…YOU HAVE NO IDEA! THE DAY BEFORE HIS FUNERAL YOU CALLED THE COPS ON HIM BECAUSE HE WANTED TO SPEND TIME WITH THE KIDS AND NOT YOUR FAKE, ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, WILL DO ANYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO RUINS ONE’S LIFE, SELF CENTERED A$$!! ONCE THE DIVORCE IS FINAL, DO US ALL A FAVOR AND LEAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU’LL NEVER BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY, YOU’LL NEVER EARN RESPECT FROM MY MOTHER (LET’S ALL KEEP IN MIND WORLD, WHO’S SHE’S CALLED BI!CHES, DOGS, ETC MORE THAN A 100 TIMES), ME, MY BROTHER, MY OTHER BROTHERS AND SISTERS WE DO NOT LIKE YOU (READ THAT PART SLOWLY) AGAIN, WE DO NOT LIKE YOU! I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT I WISH HE’D NEVER GIVEN YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO EVEN BARE A CHILD OF HIS! YOU HAVE NO MORALES, YOU ARE THE TRUE MEANING OF GREED! LOOK IT UP AND TAKE HEED! LEAVE HIM ALONE, TAKE THE CARS, JEWELRY (WHICH IS HIS DAMN MONEY ANYWAYS) TO THE DUDE WHO’S JUST RELEASED FROM PRISON WHO YOU ARE DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH REMEMBER TELLING ME THAT ONE. JUST GO! DO YOU, AND LEAVE US ALOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!!! YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOUL! GOD IS IN MY BROTHER’S CORNER AND KNOWS WHAT’S BEST FOR HIM…..YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANOTHER ALIMONY/CHILDSUPPORT CHECK NOW THAT HE’S RELEASED THAT’S YOUR MAIN CONCERN!!! HOW WILL THE CAR NOTES BE PAID ON TIME, HOW WILL YOUR HAIR DO BE PAID FOR, HOW WILL YOU BE ABLE TO BUY ALL OF THOSE EXPENSIVE CLOTHING???? LET ME GUESS, YOU WILL CALL ALL OF THE MLB TEAMS AND REQUEST FOR HIM ANOTHER CHANCE WITH YOUR SOBBING SAD STORY! REST ON IT! SLEEP AND NOT THINK YOU’RE GOING TO MISS ANYTHING! YOU CONTRADICT YOUR SAYINGS IN THAT STATEMENT AT LEAST TWICE! YOU SUCK GIRL! I WILL MAKE SURE THIS DIVORCE GOES THRU EVEN IF I HAVE TO FRONT THE MONEY TO MY BROTHER AND YOUR LAWYER TO GET YOU OUT OF OUR LIVES!!!!!!! I’LL EMAIL THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF IF YOU TRY TO RUIN HIS LIFE AGAIN WITH NONSENSE! IF YOU STEAL MONEY FROM HIM AGAIN, IF YOU CAUSE CONFLICT TO MAKE HIM RETALIATE TOWARDS YOU AS WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ALL HAVE SEEN YOU TRY TO DO THE NIGHT BEFORE OUR DADS FUNERAL…BE HONEST AND OPEN WITH THE MEDIA/WORLD IF THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO. THERE’S NO RECONCILIATION BETWEEN YOU GUYS….HE JUST LOVE HIS KIDS AND YOU KNOW THAT’S THE WAY TO HURT HIM! FORGET HIS SIZE HE’S ALWAYS BE BIG ON AND OFF OF THE FIELD! THAT’LL NEVER CHANGE, HELL HE NEVER INTIMIDATED YOU WHEN IT CAME TO YOU HITTING HIM WITH OBJECTS ETC. STOP THAT GIRL, JUST GO AND NEVER COME BACK LIKE SIMBA DID OFF THE DISNEY MOVIE LION KING! JUST GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! ELIJAH, I LOVE YOU AND WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO YOUR PAIN, HELP YOU WHEN YOU CALL TO SEE TO THE KIDS, BE BY YOUR SIDE FROM THIS POINT ON IN COURT PROCEEDINGS! IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY, WE WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN! YOU KNOW THIS BY 1ST HAND! YOU’RE HOME NOW!!! LET’S BBQ AND TALK, PLAY SCRABBLE, GIN RUMMY, THINGS YOU DO ONLY WITH US! LET’S FORGET THE PAST AND BE LED BY GOD FOR YOU IS HIS SERPENT/SERVANT! I LOVE YOU BROTHER. NISHEA WE DO NOT LIKE YOU AND NEVER WILL!!! AND FOR YOU MIKE, I’LL BE CALLING YOU SHORTLY ON MY NEXT BREAK TO GIVE THE INSIDE SCOOP AND THE TRUTH OF IT ALL SOOOOOOO HELP ME GOD!
    SIGNING OFF
    ~HIS OLDEST SISTER KATRINA! DUH NISHEA!

  5. His BIG sister

    YOU ONCE SAID HE WAS A DRUG ABUSER, AND ON STEROIDS TRYING TO RUIN HIM BEFORE HIS FOOT WAS IN THE DOOR! NOW, YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A 2ND CHANCE??!! I HATE YOU GIRL!

  6. Mike

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there ends up being a connection between the arrest of this chiropractor that’s been accused of dealing steroids to Nats players and the release of Dukes. I bet Dukes’ name will be linked to the investigation.

  7. Mike LaGroux

    Dukes was popular with the fans in Washington. He was always signing autographs in rightfield and having fun with the kids.

    We will miss him and I have to agree with what his wife said. The man is scary looking which adds to people’s impressions.

    He is a steal for the right team. He has a cannon for an arm and really settled into a clutch hitter after the All Star break in DC. His numbers last year were solid.

  8. Sasskuash

    I’m a Nationals fan, and I think releasing Dukes was a huge mistake. He showed flashes of brilliance, and if he puts it all together (and stays out of prison) he will be an unstoppable player. I just hope he doesn’t sign anywhere in the NL East, because I don’t want to play against him 20 times a year. He has a cannon of an arm in the field. Last year, he hit an opposite field HR on a pitch that was low and WAY away…with one hand on the bat! He’s only 25, he still has time to learn how to hit a breaking ball, and I think the Nats gave up on him when he could have had a breakout year. I was really pulling for Dukes to succeed in DC, and I will continue rooting for him to turn his life around and realize his potential in another city.

  9. Amy

    Who cares whether he’s the easiest guy to play with or not? As a huge Nats fan I’ll say this: while he was with us, he went out and played his hardest every day. And his hardest was pretty damn hard.

  10. MICHELLE

    SMH…NISHEA IS A PROFESSIONAL AND IS FULL OF DRAMA. SHE REALLY NEEDS TO GET A LIFE AND STOP CHASING THESE LITTLE BOYS THAT SHE THINKS HAS POTENTIAL AND MONEY. IT’S ASHAME HOW SHE DESTROYED HER HUSBAND CAREER AND CHARACTER AND SHE’S REALLY SHOWING THAT SHE NEEDS THE MONEY. SHE WILL REAP WHAT SHE HAS SEWN.

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