He's been branded as a heartless adulterer, but friends of Alex Rodriguez claim the Yankee slugger is actually an "emotionally abused" husband whose wife, Cynthia, gave him permission to see other women . . .
. . . "Alex has always been into psychotherapy, making himself mentally stronger," a longtime confidante tells us. "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."
That sound you hear is millions being added to the final divorce decree.