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February 12, 2009
by Ryan Hudson
Yesterday, Roberto Alomar's ex-girlfriend, Ilya Dall, brought forth a $15 million lawsuit claiming that, among other things, Alomar had "full-blown AIDS." Obviously, Alomar, and those close to him, were quick to respond.
Late yesterday, Alomar issued his official statement on his website.
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.
Then today, Alomar's current girlfriend, model Maripily Rivera, told a Puerto Rico TV station that all of Dall's claims were "a vile lie."
Rivera, who has been dating Alomar for six months, lashed out at Ilya Dall, the Queens woman who has filed a $15 million suit against the former Met.
She claimed that when Dall broke up with Alomar in October, she told him: "I will destroy you."
His new girlfriend said she's standing by him. "When you're on the side of truth, you have nothing to hide," the dark-haired bombshell said. "I support him and I love him more than ever."
She said Alomar, who played for the Mets in 2002 and 2003, betrayed no sign of illness.
"He has never gotten sick on me. We train together. And he has those beautiful, well-defined arms," she said. "They want to destroy him, but they won't be able to."
Somewhat interestingly, as Deadspin
pointed out, Alomar never actually denied having AIDS.