In a breaking news story that hit the wire a little over an hour ago, a $15 million civil lawsuit was filed against ex-Oriole second baseman Roberto Alomar, which claimed that Alomar engaged in unprotected sex with an ex-girlfriend after he was knowingly HIV positive.
Thankfully, Alomar’s ex-girlfriend, Ilya Dall, has recently tested negative for HIV. The lawsuit claims that the report was filed because Alomar knowingly endangered Dall’s health.
The opening paragraph in the story by the New York Daily News read: “Baseball great Roberto Alomar has full-blown AIDS but insisted on having unprotected sex, his ex-girlfriend charged Tuesday in a bombshell lawsuit.”
So far, Alomar’s father and Mets bench coach Sandy Alomar said that he was totally unaware that his son had AIDS, and that he thinks that he would know if his son had such a serious disease.
While Alomar’s lawyer Charles Bach did not deny the claim that Alomar had contracted “full-blown AIDS,” he said that the lawsuit was “totally frivolous” and that Dall’s claims are “baseless.”
According to the article, here’s what allegedly happened:
-In 2002, about a month after they began dating, Alomar convinced Dall to have unprotected sex with him after assuring her that he was clean.
-In 2004, Dall claims that Alomar’s health began to deteriorate. After visiting with a doctor, it was found that Alomar had contracted thrombocytopenia purpura, a blood disease commonly associated with HIV/AIDS. The doctor suggested that he should be tested for HIV, but Alomar declined, saying that he had previously been tested and was clean.
You may be asking yourself “what’s thrombocytopenia purpura?” It’s an autoimmune deficiancy, and it’s basically a fancy way of saying that your own antibodies are attacking your own blood platlets, inevitably leading to a low blood platlet count. Blood platlets aid in blood-clotting, and a low count can lead to unexplained bruising and excessive bleeding. (Aren’t you glad I studied immunology in college?)
-In 2005, Alomar told Dall that he was raped when he was 17 years old by two Mexican men after playing a baseball game in the Southwestern United States. Around that same time, the article says that Alomar developed a terrible cough and was suffering from extreme fatigue.
Now it’s important to remember that these are just allegations and nothing more. I want to reserve judgment about this ordeal until it’s played out in court. But remember, Alomar retired in 2005 because of health issues.
If the allegations are true, Roberto Alomar is a despicable human being. I agree with Glenn Clark in that, if you look at his play on the field and none of his personal issues, Alomar should be a slam-dunk Hall of Famer. But if this claim is proven true, I think it will seriously hurt Alomar’s chances of making it to Cooperstown, as it should.
If the allegations are false or fabricated, Ilya Dall’s actions are deplorable. Just like Sherrif Leon Lott down in South Carolina…getting your name in the spotlight at someone else’s expense is selfish and appalling. And it doesn’t get more rotten than attempting to steal money from someone while simultaneously soiling their name.
Obviously, more facts need to be collected, so it’s hard to start putting all of the pieces together.
Your thoughts are welcome…talk to you tomorrow.