Former New York Met second baseman Roberto Alomar reportedly had unprotected sex with his girlfriend, while knowing that he had AIDS.
According to a lawsuit filed by former girlfriend Illya Dall, Alomar was diagnosed HIV positive in January 2006, after being badgered for months to do a test. Alomar had been suffering with chronic fatigue, shingles, persistent cough, and other ailments.
Alomar was to be joining the Toronto Blue Jays spring training staff as a special instructor; no word yet on whether he will follow through with that plan.
As you may remember, Alomar went from nearly winning the AL MVP for the Indians in 2001 to a shell of himself in 2002 with the Mets. His performance was nowhere near the level of the previous season, and he played with a scared, tired, and weak approach, before his career ended abruptly in 2004. How his entire all-around game could diminish so drastically was a mysterious question in 2002-2003, and many theories evolved to explain. It could have simply been a matter of his advanced age. Perhaps he had been on some kind of PEDs before coming to NYC. Maybe NYC scared him. At least one of his confidants admitted that he played through a badly herniated disk and other health issues. Now there is yet another possible explanation — perhaps, when he joined the Mets, the disease was beginning to ravage his body.
There are more gory details at The Daily News, but they’re not for the faint of heart. And for what it’s worth, his father Sandy claims he knows nothing about his son having AIDS.
If the allegations are true, Al Hirschbeck might be thinking of filing a lawsuit of his own to file.
The conspiracy theorist in me says someone from the Scott Boras camp made sure this story got “out” as means of diversion, to get the spotlight off Alex Rodriguez’s admission to taking steroids. More likely, it’s “just a weird month for baseball”, as Deadspin says.
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