TAMPA — Retired baseball star Roberto Alomar said Friday that his estranged wife had turned their domestic violence proceedings into a "tasteless media circus."
In a new court filing, Alomar said television journalists and his wife were waiting inside the couple's Avila home when he arrived Aug. 14 to pick up his Rolls-Royce, Ferrari and other personal items with a judge's permission.
Maria Del Pilar Alomar is living at the home while her allegations against her husband get sorted out in court. She is seeking a permanent domestic violence injunction against him, claiming he threatened her with a knife in their home.
The former ballplayer, a 12‑time All-Star during his 16‑year major-league career, said his wife has given television interviews about the court proceedings. Portions of their Aug. 13 hearing, which drew a throng of reporters from Spanish-language media, have aired in Puerto Rico.
During one lengthy interview at their home, Maria Del Pilar Alomar was "clad only in a skimpy tee shirt and short shorts," according to the court filing.
"These interviews included television pictures of the husband's personal property, his baseball memorabilia and his automobiles," the filing states.
Roberto Alomar asked that she be held in contempt of court for violating the terms of the injunction and his privacy rights.
Hillsborough Senior Judge Raul "Sonny" Palomino Jr. denied the contempt motion.
He granted Alomar's request for a continuance in the domestic violence proceedings, ordering the parties to return to court for a full hearing Sept. 2.