Alex Rodriguez‘s pals think he’s “losing his mind” with the addition of a few high-profile confidantes.
The embattled New York Yankees third baseman “is so disturbed by what is happening with Major League Baseball and his [appealed] suspension” that he has sought the advice of Jay-Z, who has had his own brushes with the law, according to a source.
“A-Rod reached out to Jay Z and the pair are talking regularly… (but) he’s losing his mind listening to people like him,” an insider revealed to RadarOnline.com.
A-Rod and Jay Z are longtime pals and have sat courtside at New York Knicks games and even rang in the new year together in 2011.
The scandal-shrouded slugger — suspended for 211-games for violating baseball’s drug policy – has also hired defense lawyer Joe Tacopina, a man the NY Post said “could be the most-hated lawyer in New York” with an ego to rival that of his client.
Two weeks ago, it emerged Jay-Z had gone into bat for beleaguered Yankee, suggesting Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Jay-Z’s superstar wife, Beyonce, represent him in a telephone conference with Yankee brass.
Rodriguez is also using public relations flack Ron Berkowitz — whose firm represents Jay-Z’s new Roc Nation Sports enterprise – as a spokesperson.
In his return to the Bronx Bombers after a prolonged injury, the embattled third baseman is hitting .278 with one home run in 36 at-bats.