MIAMI — New York Yankee Alex ''A-Rod'' Rodriguez has hired Miami attorney Ira Elegant to represent him in his divorce from wife, Cynthia.
Elegant also represents Shaquille O'Neal in his split from wife, Shaunie. But, Elegant says, it's just coincidence that he landed two of the nation's richest and highest profile athletes.
"Shaq didn't refer him."
Elegant was on a yacht Monday in Turkey and had not seen Cynthia's petition, filed Monday morning in Miami-Dade circuit court. ''I will be back next week," Elegant says.
"We'll take a look at it and we'll go from there. There's no emergency at this juncture."
He expects to file a counter-petition.
It doesn't matter that Cynthia filed first, Elegant adds. "I don't think there's any advantage or disadvantage."
Elegant says he has known one of Cynthia's attorneys, Maurice Kutner, for 40-plus years.
"He's a tough adversary,'' Elegant says. "But we're both seasoned lawyers and we'll see where the case takes us, when you get past the emotional issues.''
Cynthia Rodriguez, 35, who wed the Miami-bred slugger in 2002, claims the marriage is over because of Rodriguez's extramarital affairs. The couple own a waterfront home in pricey Coral Gables.
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