The NY Daily News has some great gossip today about former professional baseball player Roberto Alomar being sued by his former girlfriend because he knowingly had sex with her while he was suffering from full blow AIDS.
Sounds horrible, and it is a really good read. The thing is you have to read it a couple of times. If you believe everything that is said then, it does appear that Roberto does have AIDS.
She says they started dating in 2002 and started having unprotected sex about a month later. In 2004 they moved in together. At some point this year she noticed he had cold sores in his mouth. In 2005 after a Tampa Bay Devil Rays physical exam a doctor there said Roberto should get a HIV test, but Roberto refused saying he was clean. A few months later the couple moved to Cleveland where he tested positive. At that point, his girlfriend Ilya Dall said she tested negative and stopped having unprotected sex with him. They didn't break up however until about four months ago.
In her suit she is demanding at least $15 million in punitive damages, claiming Alomar caused her emotional distress and exposed her children to the virus.
"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."
OK, I agree that if he knew he was HIV+ and continued to have unprotected sex with her that is unconscionable. This is where I am a little confused though. She is suing for emotional distress and because he exposed her kids to AIDS, but she lived with him for 3 years AFTER she discovered he had AIDS. During those three years her kids lived with her and Roberto and it didn't seem to bother her. She continued to have protected sex with him after she discovered he had AIDS.
The whole thing sounds awful and she really does appear to be a victim and Roberto is not a nice person. Don't think I am taking his side because I can't stand him. He once spit in the face of an umpire during a game. He is an a-hole of monumental proportions. I just think this might not be the most valid lawsuit ever filed. It is hard to argue for those things when you continued to live with him, have sex with him and have your kids live there too.
Now, what is interesting to me is that prior to this relationship with Dall, Roberto was with pro tennis player Mary Pierce for a very long time. I would be interested to see what she has to say about this.
So, what do you think? Does she have a case or is she just trying to get more bucks?