One of the Orioles' best players from their last playoff team has been accused in a lawsuit by an ex-girlfriend of having unprotected sex with her despite his allegedly having "full-blown AIDS," according to a published report.
Former second baseman Roberto Alomar, who spent three tumultuous but highly successful seasons with the Orioles from 1996 to 1998, is facing a $15 million negligence lawsuit that was filed Tuesday in a Brooklyn, N.Y., court.
According to a story first reported by the New York Daily News, Ilya Dall, Alomar's former live-in girlfriend, alleges the 12-time All-Star had unprotected sex with her despite being HIV-positive and showing signs that he reached the most advanced stage of the viral infection, AIDS.
The suit says Alomar learned Feb. 6, 2006, he was HIV-positive and nine days later went to see a disease specialist who found a mass in Alomar's chest. It also alleges Alomar's skin had turned purple and he was foaming at the mouth.
Alomar, 41, retired in spring 2005 while attempting to make the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He could not be reached for comment, and his attorney and Dall's attorney did not return phone calls to The Baltimore Sun yesterday.
In a statement, Alomar said: "This is a very private, personal matter, and I greatly appreciate all the support I have received in the past few days from my family, friends and colleagues in baseball. I am in very good health and I ask that you respect my privacy during this time. As for the lawsuit, it is filled with lies and I am deeply saddened that someone I cared for would make such terrible accusations and try to hurt me in this way."
Alomar's lawyer, Charles Bach, told the Daily News: "We believe this is a totally frivolous lawsuit. These allegations are baseless. He's healthy and would like to keep his health status private. We'll do our talking in court."
Bach would not say whether Alomar had AIDS, the Daily News reported. When the Toronto Blue Jays honored Alomar before their home opener last year, he showed no visible signs of poor health.
Alomar, a 10-time Gold Glove winner who played 17 seasons in the majors, will be eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2010. He was on the Orioles' last two winning teams and was a key member of their 1997 wire-to-wire division winner that ultimately lost to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series.
"I'm very shocked; my jaw was just dropping," former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick said when he heard the news. "That is terrible. Tragic, man, wow."
Bordick, who was Alomar's double-play partner in 1997 and 1998, said he lost touch with him once they stopped playing together.
"If this is true, it's very, very sad," said Bordick, who lives in Maine and will be working with the Blue Jays as an infield instructor this spring. "Obviously, I am sorry for his family and what they must be going through and what he must be going through right now."
Alomar's father, Sandy Alomar Sr., the New York Mets' bench coach, told the Daily News he had never before heard the AIDS allegations.
"I imagine I would know," Sandy Alomar said.
Alomar was an All-Star in each of his three years with the Orioles and won the 1998 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. But his most famous moment as an Oriole came Sept. 27, 1996, when, while arguing a third-strike call, he spat in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck. He said Hirschbeck had hurled a profane insult at him.
Alomar drew a five-game suspension that was later overturned. Alomar and Hirschbeck apologized to each other publicly in April of the next season.
Hirschbeck told the Daily News when hearing of the lawsuit against Alomar: "You're telling me something I'm shocked at. I wish him nothing but the best."
The report said Dall, a Queens, N.Y., mother of two, and Alomar began dating in 2002 while he was a Met. He assured her he was disease-free.
In 2005, the suit alleges, Tampa Bay doctors diagnosed him with a blood disorder that sometimes is linked to HIV, but Alomar declined to be tested. It alleges he repeatedly said he was AIDS-free.
The suit also states, the paper reported, Alomar told Dall he suffered from erectile dysfunction and was raped by two men when he was a 17-year-old playing baseball in a southwestern state.
Dall and Alomar broke up in October. The Daily News reported Dall said once she learned Alomar had AIDS, they stopped having unprotected sex. Her HIV test, the suit said, came back negative.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.