TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -A woman's request for a restraining order against Washington Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes was dismissed after she failed to show for a hearing Tuesday.
Dukes, who was traded last month by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Nationals, appeared in court alone. He replied ``No'' when Judge Raul C. Palomino Jr. asked whether he had anything to do with Amanda Reese's absence. The judge then dismissed Reese's request for an injunction.
The 23-year-old woman was granted a temporary injunction Dec. 10 after she said she feared Dukes would harm her. In documents, Reese said she and Dukes briefly dated and she felt threatened by his phone calls and text messages. The pair split in October, she said.
Dukes declined to comment afterward. A working telephone number for Reese could not be found Tuesday. Reese is shown in court papers as representing herself.
In May, Dukes' estranged wife, NiShea Gilbert, sought a restraining order. She said he repeatedly threatened her and their two children in phone calls and text messages, including one that had a photo of a handgun. She says the 23-year-old player appeared at the middle school where she teaches and threatened her in her classroom while the students were at lunch.
Dukes began last season as Tampa Bay's starting center fielder. The rookie batted .190 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 52 games. He was optioned to the minors and placed on the inactive list after his wife's accusations.
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