Wow. They talk about falls from grace, but today’s news out of New York may be one of the more shocking stories that I have read in quite some time.
Former Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar, now 41-years of age, is currently on the unfortunate end of a lawsuit that claims he had sexual intercourse with then girlfriend while knowing he was a victim of the HIV Virus.
In papers filed in state and federal court, [Ilya] Dall said Alomar finally got tested in January 2006 while suffering from a cough, fatigue and shingles.
“The test results of him being HIV-positive was given to him and the plaintiff on or about Feb.6, 2006,” the $15 million negligence suit says.
Nine days later, the couple went to see a disease specialist who discovered a mass in the retired second baseman’s chest, the court papers say.
Alomar’s skin had turned purple, he was foaming at the mouth and a spinal tap “showed he had full-blown AIDS,” the suit says.
An unfortunate downward spiral to say the least. It must be said that these are purely allegations at this point and no one from Alomar’s camp is admitting any wrongdoing. His lawyer will not speak until court. His father (Sandy Sr.) claims he knew nothing of the sort – and finds it difficult to believe these medical issues could be kept secret for so long. Most of the time, when a mass has to be removed from one’s chest, that is the worst part of any health news. However, given the medical documentation of shingles, foaming at the mouth and the whole Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, that was obviously not the case.
Other medical issues being reported in Alomar’s history are also relatively shocking.
In 2004, Dall says she noticed cold sores in his mouth.
In April 2005, Alomar told Dall he 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.
At one time, former Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar was a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. He was a part of a run that forced Clevelanders to embrace a man who had once spit on umpire John Hirschbeck. He formed one of the best defensive middle-infield tandems ever to play the game, along side shortstop Omar Vizquel.
When the Tribe were forced to rebuild, Alomar was shipped in a trade that could have garnered so much more than it did. In return, the Steve Phillips-led Mets sent Matt Lawton, Jerrod Riggan and Alex Escobar.
However, once he landed with the Mets, things began to fall apart. With the Indians in 2001, Alomar hit .336/.415/.541. A year later, Alomar produced a line of .266/.331/.376 – well off of the mark from what the Mets thought they were getting. From there, he bounced around between the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. And then in 2005, Alomar retired from what were being disclosed as “health issues.”
There will likely be mixed emotions by many fans on this matter as this story continue to unfold.
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$15M Lawsuit claims ex-Met Roberto Alomar had sex knowing he had AIDS [NYDailyNews]