Remember Elijah Dukes? You know, the crazy wife threatening guy who was the star of sports headlines for two weeks at the end of May. It seems that we are not yet done with Dukes. Yesterday in divorce hearings, Dukes' wife dropped a number of big time accussations; drinking to the point of passing out, smoking marijuana, and the big one, using steroids:
NiShea Dukes, testifying in divorce proceedings, accused her baseball-player husband of smoking marijuana daily and using steroids.
Although steroids use remained in question at the end of the 2 1/2 -hour hearing Monday morning, Devil Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes did admit under oath that he smokes marijuana.
Judge Kevin Carey ordered Dukes to take random drug tests for marijuana.
Dukes denied the steroid use at the hearing, and his wife admitted that she had never actually seen him use steroids. The judge did however, order Dukes to go to a drug counselor who would decide if it is neccessary for Dukes to be tested for steroids.
Now if that drug counselor needs any help in determining whether or not there is at least a reasonable suspicion that Dukes may be a steroid user, I would direct them to this story from the spring of 2006, which talks about Dukes sudden physical transformation, which subsequently coincided with a marked improvement in performance. Back in May I had the following analysis of that article, one which I believe holds even more weight in light of the recent accussations by Dukes' wife;
Now not to pile on, but in reading the Saint Petersburg Times article it also seems a bit fishy that Dukes showed up to the 2006 camp with 11 lbs more muscle than the year before, and started tearing up camp as a non-roster invitee. I mean, I'm not sayin what I'm sayin, I'm just sayin. Maybe Dukes and Jason Giambi have a similar training regime...
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