With all the controversy still surrounding Alex Rodriguez, his friends are speaking out about what's really going on.
According to inside sources, it's Cynthia Rodriguez that has "emotionally abused" A-Rod.
They say she had even given him permission to see other women!
Is that common for sports' wives????
A source says, "When you keep a man caged, he's going to go crazy when you let him out."
According to the pal, A-Rod asked for a divorce earlier this year.
The source continues, "He said, ‘I hate this. I want out,' but she kept insisting they could work it out. After about six months of him asking for a divorce, she said it was okay for him to see other people, but she wouldn't agree to a separation."
Do you believe that?
A longtime friend of the couple says, "Alex has always been into psychotherapy, making himself mentally stronger. He's had several therapists. Cynthia has a master's degree in psychology. Once she found out how vulnerable he was, she got into his head. Several of us begged him not to marry this woman, but he did it anyway."
And her Orthodox Greek background didn't clash well with his Dominican heritage they say.
A source adds, "She said she wanted him to become a mainstream sports star. She didn't want him typecast as a Latin player. She discouraged him from taking part in Hispanic community events. She wouldn't even let him eat Spanish food."
You can't keep a man away from his food!
Another source chimes in, saying, "He's been miserable for a long time, but he's happy now."
Neither side has commented yet, though we're interested to see what Cynthia has to say.
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