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A-Rod Has His Own Personal Independence Day

by Ryan Hudson

Last night, Alex Rodriguez hit his 536th career home run, tying him for 13th place all-time. But chances are, you won't be hearing about that too much today. Early this morning, Cynthia Rodriguez, A-Rod's wife, filed for divorce.

The estranged wife of Yankees star Alex Rodriguez filed for divorce Monday morning in Miami blaming their busted marriage on his "long period of infidelity."

The NY Post, that of the headline "A-ROD'S WIFE HURLS SPLITTER", reports that "C-Rod" (really?) "...alleged infidelity in her Miami-Dade County Family Court filing."
She said Rodriguez has "emotionally abandoned his wife and children. The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken because of the Husband's extra marital affairs and other marital misconduct," it said in the divorce filing.

A-Rod apparently was supposed to try to beat her to the punch, and file his own papers first, but that never happened. He has, however, hired attorney Ira Elegant to represent him, the same lawyer that is currently working for Shaquille O'Neal in his divorce.

One of Cynthia's lawyers said that A-Rod's "relationship with Madonna was the latest situation in a series of events" that resulted in the failed marriage. However, the pop-superstar continues to deny all of those rumors.

"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," Madonna said in a statement released by her publicist.

She then added, "My husband [Guy Ritchie] and I are not planning on getting a divorce."

If that dig from Madonna's camp wasn't bad enough, there's also this: Cynthia has asked asked for "...financial support to maintain their 'lavish lifestyle,' including sole ownership of their Coral Gables, Fla., home and 'equitable assets' of A-Rod's earnings during their marriage."

On the bright side, at least A-Rod lives in a quiet town, where such personal happenings are not really considered newsworthy, and one's privacy is off-topic to the media.