If you actually paid attention to the headlines this past 4th of July weekend, you might have noticed that things aren’t going too well for the marriage of Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez. It seems that C-Rod thinks that A-Rod is being a bit of a B-Rod (choose your own insult that begins with “B”) and they’re heading for the “D-ROD,” which is today’s banner Post headline. Is this a marital split or a complex algebra problem?
This whole sordid affair is going to get uglier (is that possible?) once the two Rodriguezes file for divorce today in Miami. Over the weekend, Cynthia accused Alex of being “brainwashed” by Madonna and her kooky kabbalah ways. One of Cynthia’s lawyers, Maurice Kutner, told the Post that the grounds for divorce are a “long period of infidelity on the part of Mr. Rodriguez” and “emotional abandonment.” Alex’s grounds for divorce are that Cynthia doesn’t want to reconcile. The Daily News delves further into the new players in this saga with a rundown of the career highlights and lowlights of both Alex’s and Cynthia’s divorce attorneys. A-Rod’s attorney, Ira Elegant, usually avoids divorce cases, but Elegant did handle Shaquille O’Neal’s split from his wife last year. Heading up C-Rod’s legal team is Earle Lilly, who represented boxer George Foreman in a paternity suit last year.
Meanwhile, Madonna went so far as to issue a statement that She and A-Rod do not have a romantic relationship and that she and husband Guy Ritchie are not divorcing. She tells People.com:
“My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study.”
Despite the denials, Cynthia Rodriguez is still hopping mad at the Material Girl. C-Rod is also on the verge of a nervous breakdown, which is why she fled to Paris with Alex’s blessing, A-Rod’s former trainer Dodd Romero tells the Post.
And finally, in what may be the weirdest tidbit in the coverage of the War of the Rodriguezes, the News tells us that (bolding mine):
“Last night, Cynthia Rodriguez was back in Miami. After working out at a gym, she joined her trainer, Dodd Romero, and his daughter for dinner at an Outback Steakhouse. Adhering to her postpregnancy diet, Cynthia Rodriguez ate tilapia, sweet potatoes and brown rice brought from home.“
If that doesn’t illustrate in a nutshell how dish-y this story is going to get, nothing will.
Oh, and the best A-Rod-related headline of the day? The Post wins with the truck hed “A-ROD’S WIFE HURLS SPLITTER” on pages 2 and 3. The News came in a close second with its puntastic truck, “BITTER UP! A-ROD & MRS. GOING TO WAR.”