Former major league outfielder Elijah Dukes was being held in a Tampa, Fla., jail on Thursday after his pregnant ex-girlfriend accused him of slapping her in the face during an argument, authorities said.
Hillsborough County Jail records show Dukes, 26, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and driving with a revoked or suspended license. He also had been wanted on a contempt-of-court warrant. He was being held without bond.
A sheriff’s office report said Mountrail Mounshay Mack told deputies she and Dukes had been staying in motels for days. She said the two were arguing when Dukes slapped her several times in the face, according to the report.
Dukes then went to his mother’s house, where he was arrested without incident, the report said.
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Dukes began his much-troubled career with the Tampa Bay Rays and was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2008. He was released before the 2010 season.
During his time in Tampa Bay’s organization, he was suspended both in the majors and the minors for various confrontations with umpires, coaches and teammates. In 2007, Dukes was suspended after his estranged wife accused him of threatening her and their children. In November of last year, he was jailed on a contempt-of-court charge that authorities said was related to his failure to pay child support.
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