The New York Post reported Wednesday that an ex-girlfriend is suing 12-time All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar for $15 millon because, she claims, he had unprotected sex with her despite the fact that he had AIDS. In the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn District Court, Ilya Dall of Queens alleges that Alomar, who played in the majors for 17 years before retiring after the 2004 season, tested positive for HIV in January 2006 and learned soon thereafter that he had full-blown AIDS.
Dall, who began dating Alomar in 2002 and said she is HIV-negative, does not claim in her suit that Alomar knew he had AIDS when he began having unprotected sex with her. However, she said Alomar showed symptoms suggesting that he might have the disease several years before he finally took doctors’ advice and got tested. She said in the lawsuit that Alomar told her in 2005 that he was once raped by two Mexican men after a baseball game in New Mexico. Dall is claiming punitive damages for emotional distress.
This story is both sad and shocking. Alomar forever tarnished his reputation by spitting in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck during a heated argument late in the 1996 season, but otherwise was regarded by most as a good guy who played the game the right way. The 10-time Gold Glove award winner, who played for the Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles, Indians, Mets, White Sox and Diamondbacks, will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next year and had long been considered a likely inductee, possibly even on the first ballot. It remains to be seen how today’s news will affect Alomar’s Hall of Fame chances, but he is undoubtedly more concerned about his health and legal issues right now.
Jay LeBlanc is an assistant news editor at The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.