Did Roberto Alomar know he had HIV when he was having unprotected sex with long time girlfriend Ilya Dall. She claims that he has the disease and is suing him for $15 million.
The baseball player was with Dall for three years. According to Dall the former couple started dating in 2002. The athlete convinced Dall that he was disease free a month after they began to date and they started having unprotected sex.
In 2004 Alomar is said to have cold sores in his mouth. In 2005 after a physical exam that was ordered by the Tampa Bay Rays he was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia purpura, a blood disorder sometimes linked to HIV. The doctor asked him to have an HIV test which he is reported to have refused. He said he had already been tested and was AIDS-free. In April 2005 Dall was told by Alomar that he was suffering from erectile dysfunction.
The New York Daily News reports that Alomar told Dall:
“he was raped by two Mexican men after playing a ballgame in New Mexico or a Southwestern state when he was 17,”
Around the same time Alomar started having a persistent cough and was bedridden with fatigue. He came down with thrush, a yeast infection common with the HIV virus, and again refused to have a HIV test. Alomar repeatedly told Dall that he was disease free. A few months later the couple moved to Cleveland where he finally tested positive to the virus. Dall then was tested. Her test results were negative. From that time on she did not have unprotected sex with him again. The couple broke up in October.
She is suing for emotional distress and exposing her children to the virus. Dall believes that she deserves $15 million in punitive damages.
“He jeopardized the health, well-being and life of the plaintiff, which caused her to have a fear of contracting AIDS, often referred to as AIDS phobia,” the suit says.
Alomar is considered one of baseball’s best second basemen. In 1996 he was the center of controversy when he spit in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck.
Alomar is saying that this is a false story. His father is also shocked as his son has not told his family of any disease status. Lawyer Charles Bach would not say if his client does have the virus but does contend that the lawsuit is frivolous.
“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.”
The lawsuit was filed on January 30 at the Queens Supreme Court. Alomar has had the case transferred to Brooklyn Federal Court this Tuesday.