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Despite Everything, Tiki Barber Is Good at Heart

Once and future running back unleashes Holocaust analogy

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Tiki Barber in 2009.(Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

In an excellent Sports Illustrated profile (via Deadspin) of retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who is looking to return to the NFL, we learn what happened after Barber, then a Today Show correspondent, left his pregnant wife, spent two nights sleeping at Rockefeller Center, and then shacked up with his now-girlfriend Traci Johnson, the 23-year-old NBC intern he had apparently been seeing. Soon, the tabloids pounced.

Barber and Johnson went into hiding in the attic of [agent Mark] Lepselter’s house in New Jersey. “Lep’s Jewish,” says Barber, “and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.” (Here is Barber writ small: He has the wit and smarts to make an Anne Frank allusion and the artlessness to liken himself—an adulterer trying to elude gossip columnists—to a Holocaust victim.)

I, for one, am shocked. I mean, a Jewish sports agent???

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Tamara says:

Well, he has a point — the gossip columnists were creating a blood libel against him.

Matt says:

No. I don’t think the gossip columnists were accusing Barber of killing Christian and/or Muslim children to use their blood in making matzah. That is a blood libel. This was not.

ellis jayus says:

So he was hiding because of religious persecution? I think he was hiding because he’s a spineless adulterous lecher. May his wife take him and his wallet to the proverbial cleaners! What chutzpah!

Tamara says:

Matt, Jews are known for their sense of humor. You should go find yours — it’s your birthright.

Matt says:

Unfortunately, Tamara, you weren’t being funny, just ignorant.


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Despite Everything, Tiki Barber Is Good at Heart

Once and future running back unleashes Holocaust analogy

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