Friends: Cynthia Rodriguez Emotionally Abused A-Rod

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Guess he has a history of being brainwashed.

Several friends of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez say estranged wife Cynthia Rodriguez "brainwashed him," the New York Daily News reports.

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"Alex has always been into psychotherapy, looking for ways to make himself mentally stronger," a longtime confidante told the paper.

"Cynthia Rodriguez 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 went ahead and did it anyway."

Did she allegedly abuse him this way because of his threesomes?

Not entirely, at least. A source suggests that C-Rod, who is Greek Orthodox, always disliked her husband's image as a Latino sports star and repeatedly urged him to downplay his Dominican heritage.

"She didn't want him typecast as a Latin player. She discouraged him from taking part in Hispanic community events," the source said.

As for the troubled third baseman's alleged "affair of the heart" (or sex tape) with Madonna that led to his separation from Cynthia, a source tells the Daily News that ironically, "Cynthia's the reason Alex met Madonna."

"She kept hounding him to call [Madonna's manager] Guy Oseary and get them backstage at one of her concerts."

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