Alomar Responds to AIDS Claims
According to former longtime second baseman Roberto Alomar, the claims that he has AIDS -- and did while insisting on having unprotected sex with a now-ex girlfriend for four years -- are completely fabricated. If there was any question about how the former Blue Jay, Oriole, Indian and Met would fire back at Ilya Dall, the woman who filed a civil suit in New York, they were answered with a simple statement of "I'm in good health," from Alomar to the Associated Press.
"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," the former All-Star second baseman said in a statement that was released to the AP. "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 father, Mets bench coach Sandy Alomar Sr., also told ESPN yesterday that Roberto had visited the family all last week, leaving Monday, and that he didn't look ill at all. "He was well. He wasn't sick," Alomar Sr. told ESPN.
All of the Alomars' responses raise new and interesting questions in the suit. Primary among them is how Roberto Alomar might if the suit is, in fact, completely frivolous. Would he countersue for defamation and slander? Regardless of the outcome of Dall's lawsuit, it's clearly tarnished Alomar's good name and reputation. Yet filing a "Claim of Defendant" also might air more dirty laundry that Alomar would rather keep secret.
It's an interesting dilemma for an extremely proud man, one who -- at least in his initial responses -- clearly feels he's been wronged.
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