Hey Dwyane Wade — Roberto Alomar will see your non-fatal STD and raise you HIV. That’s according to a lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend Ilya Dall, charging Alomar with insisting on unprotected sex even though he knew he had full-blown AIDS. And suddenly, steroids don’t seem like the end of the world anymore, do they?
(Kinda puts this in a whole new light, huh?)
Alomar, one of the best second basemen in history, retired in 2005 after rapidly breaking down with a myriad of health issues, but there hadn’t even been the hint of a rumor of anything of this magnitude. We should take this all with a huge grain of salt and an HIV cocktail, because Dall only brought the suit after Alomar broke up with her in October, two-and-a-half years after she claims she first learned he was sick. But there’s some pretty explosive stuff in here.
[Update]: Here’s the complaint.
“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.
It’s ridiculously rare for a person to go straight to full-blown AIDS without realizing they’re infected, so I think it’s fair to have some suspicion here. His father, Sandy Alomar, told the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS he didn’t know anything about it, which would be surprising. I also think it’s fair to wonder if maybe that $15 million has something to do with this; for a professional athlete, an ex threatening to tell the world you have AIDS would be some pretty potent blackmail to get you to quickly pay up.
The court papers outline the couple’s relationship, starting in 2002. A month after they began dating, Alomar convinced Dall to have unprotected sex and assured her he was disease-free, the suit alleges.
In 2004, Dall says she noticed cold sores in his mouth. In 2005, after a physical exam ordered by the Tampa Bay Rays, he was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia purpura, a blood disorder sometimes linked to HIV, she claims.
The doctor told him to have an HIV test and he refused, she says, stating he had been tested and was AIDS-free.
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.
If true, this is awful for everyone involved. But here’s the thing which I hope people will take to heart; we don’t have to spend time debating or wondering if this is true, and we certainly don’t need to spend time theorizing on the Internet. A simple court-ordered AIDS test will either get this case through out, or put the onus on Dall to explain why she never contracted anything during four years of unprotected sex.