Weird story out of Brooklyn, as Ilya Dall, the ex-girlfriend of Roberto Alomar, is suing him for $15 million for having sex with her while knowing that he might have AIDS.
Roberto Alomar has AIDS? That's news to many, apparently.
His lawyer, Charles Bach, would not say whether Alomar is HIV-positive. "We believe this is a totally frivolous lawsuit. These allegations are baseless," Bach said. "He's healthy and would like to keep his health status private. We'll do our talking in court."
Alomar's father, Mets bench coach Sandy Alomar, said the claims were news to him. "That's the first time we ever heard of that," he said from Puerto Rico.
But Ilya Dall tells a tale of how she watched Alomar suffer from deteriorating health until, in February of 2006, his "skin had turned purple, he was foaming at the mouth and a spinal tap showed he had full-blown AIDS," the suit says. That was four years after he had begun dating her.
From the New York Post:
Her suit does not claim that he knew he had AIDS when they were having unprotected sex — but he had reason to think he might because his doctors kept advising him to be tested. He procrastinated and told her he was disease free, the suit says. In 2004, she said, she noticed he had cold sores. The following year he was diagnosed with a blood disorder that's linked to AIDS, the suit says.
Dall goes on to detail in the lawsuit, first obtained by the Daily News, that In April 2005, Alomar told her that he had been raped by two Mexican men when he was 17.
Dall said that Alomar was suffering from erectile dysfunction and confided "he was raped by two Mexican men after playing a ballgame in New Mexico or a Southwestern state when he was 17," the suit says. It goes on to say that around the same time Alomar developed a persistent cough and was bedridden with extreme fatigue.
He developed thrush, a yeast infection, and was told by a doctor to take an HIV test — but refused, Dall claims. "I don't have HIV," he told her repeatedly, the suit charges.
This is just a weird month for baseball. But anyway, you can hardly blame Bud Selig for this one.
$15M Lawsuit Claims Ex-Met Roberto Alomar Had Sex Knowing He Had AIDS [New York Daily News]
Alomar In AIDS Shock [New York Post]