Roberto Alomar has AIDS, his ex-girlfriend says, and she’s brought a $15 million lawsuit against the former Mets star, reports the Daily News. The girlfriend, Ilya Dali, claims that in her time with him Alomar was diagnosed by Mets doctors with thrombocytopenia purpura, often a presenting symptom of HIV infection, displayed other mysterious symptoms, “insisted” on unprotected sex, and told her he had been “raped by two Mexican men” as a teenager.
In 1996, after Alomar spat in umpire John Hirschbeck’s face while with the Orioles, umpire Al Clark remarked, “If I were John, I’d insist that Robbie Alomar take an AIDS test.” Rumors that Alomar is gay have circulated for years; ball talk listed him among “Baseball’s Top 10 Gay Icons” in 2004. “Alomar had a wee mustache in his youth,” they wrote, “and later sported full-on beards, most notably tennis star Mary Pierce.”
Dali says that Alomar repeatedly refused to take an HIV test, and his lawyer “would not say whether Alomar is HIV-positive,” the News reports.