Former major league baseball player Roberto Alomar and his wife Maria are battling in a divorce court. Maria claims that her husband knew he was HIV-positive and had unprotected sex with her anyway.
According to the New York Post, Alomar, who is considered by many to be one of the best second basemen in history, "knew prior to his first sexual contact with (her) that he was HIV-positive," said the former baseball great's soon-to-be-ex wife. Maria also affirms in the filing that he did not tell her about his condition and he outright lied stating, "he had been tested for sexually transmitted diseases and the tests were negative."
Interestingly enough, the 42-year-old Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards recipient also had another suit filed against him last year by an ex-girlfriend. Ilya Dall filed a reported $15 million lawsuit in January of last year against Alomar for having unprotected sex with her while knowing he was HIV-positive. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Alomar issued a statement responding to the allegations by saying he was "in very good health" and that the lawsuit was "filled with lies." The Dall case was settled just five months after it had been filed.
Ironically, Maria, who was Alomar's girlfriend at the time that Dall's case went public, spoke out vehemently against the suit calling it a "vile lie."
Now, Maria, a former model and boutique owner, who publicly defended her man like a guard dog against Dall's alleged lies only last year, finds herself in a bitter legal battle over the same claims.
The dueling duo, married for only one year, also made headlines just a few months ago when Maria claimed to have been pushed and threatened with a knife by her husband back in August during a domestic dispute. Maria, a 33-year-old, well-known Puerto Rican sex symbol, who is known as the Paris Hilton of her shores, wound up placing a restraining order against Alomar.
According to court documents, Maria found out conclusively about Alomar's HIV status and the discovery caused her to "suffer extreme emotional distress, fear and mental anguish," the filing says.
Last year Alomar was interviewed by the New York Post and he adamantly denied the HIV rumors. "I don't talk about my personal life, but I don't have that disease."
Up until this point, Maria has "not contracted the virus to date but uncertainty still exists due to the delay in the onset of the virus," say the court papers.
By Ruth Manuel-Logan