Tiki: Media Prospects Why He Wasn’t Team Player

Tiki Barber has shown a penchant for inviting bad publicity into his life since he left his 8-months pregnant wife (with twins) of 11 years for a college-age, former NBC intern. After seeing his short-lived NBC broadcast career implode following that revelation, Barber and his girlfriend, Traci Johnson, attempted to damage control his reputation with defensive displays on various celebutainment TV shows.

Tiki Barber booed at his own Ring of Honor ceremony

(Video of booing below)

Predictably, the tone deaf duo weren’t received well.

Barber’s regrettable post-marital behavior is most likely no surprise to New York Giants fans, who recently roundly booed him during - of all things - the former running back’s induction into the Giants’ Ring of Honor inside his former team’s home stadium.

Like his delusional defense of the handling of the breakup of his marriage, Barber responded to the ire of his home team fans with similar lack of self-awareness.

Barber on HBO’s Inside The NFL this week:

“I think it (the booing) stems from how I left the New York Giants. I retired at the top of my career. A lot of people didn’t want me to leave because of how effective I had become as a player, and I went directly into the broadcast booth.

So that’s why they were booing. H8TORZ, all of them!

Though Barber’s unwittingly provided justification for that fan reax in later explaining why he didn’t embrace his coaches and teammates while still immersed in what many would call the ultimate team game.

“I never wanted to compromise myself as a broadcaster by being overly friendly to the organization I played for.”

Again, that’s Barber explaining his behavior while he was still with the Giants as an active player.  In other words, he wasn’t a team guy back then because he knew he was going into broadcasting.
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Tiki Barber Mistress Pens ‘Memoir’ For Gossip Site

Last we left Tiki Barber, the still-married former NFL player and his mistress Traci Johnson were attempting to explain themselves on Entertainment Tonight. (”Attempting” being the operative word.)

Tiki Barber, His Mistress and Ginny Barber

Johnson has since had the bright idea to take to an established, credible gossip website to defend herself after her still-married ‘boyfriend’ left his current wife of 11 years for her. (Ginny Barber was eight months pregnant with twins at the time.)

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

As a public service, I’ve snipped some of the jaw-dropping narcissism from her “memoir” post on the site so you don’t have to subject yourself to Johnson’s stupefying lack of self-awareness.

When I began dating my current boyfriend in the beginning of January 2010 I was optimistic, yet cautious. He was recently separated from his wife, resetting his love life, and unsure of what the future would hold for him.

All qualities that produced an array of warning signals in my mind. However, the romantic optimist in me prevailed through the doubt and I thought about the possibilities that could lead to the potential of this situation actually working out to my benefit.

He was one of my dearest friends for the past three years and has been the one to pick me up off my face when I fumbled my way through one bad relationship to another. In my opinion those were two fantastic reasons for beginning a new dating adventure with someone, and if those two weren’t enough to convince me to date this man, then the simple fact that I was just freshly wounded by a relationship with what I would like to consider a nutcase (and wasn’t quite yet ready for another serious, long-term commitment with someone) closed the deal for me.

In case you’re wondering, Johnson is, somehow, talking about her relationship with Barber.

Three months later all the bright red caution lights that were flashing in my mind when I first began dating Tiki had disappeared and I was, for the first time in my life, completely comfortable in my relationship. I was able to throw on a pair of sweatpants and not worry about putting make-up on when he came over, our hands seemed to fit together perfectly while walking down the street, conversation over dinner at our favorite French restaurant, La Ripaille, flowed naturally – all in all, life appeared seemingly perfect.

Then within 24 hours, that seemingly perfect world that I had quickly grown accustomed too, vanished. My face was suddenly on the front page of one of the most read newspapers in the nation, I was trending on Google, my family was being harassed by reporters, my sister called to tell me that she saw Tiki and me on television, and I was forced to leave my cozy two-bedroom apartment, with my eight-month old puppy in tow, to spend the next two weeks in seclusion from the world.

I never thought it possible to paint the NEW YORK POST in such a favorable light, but Johnson has done the impossible.

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

While I can’t speak for Tiki, at first I found the story about his and my relationship to be humorous. 

The scandalous headlines, such as “Sneaky Tiki” and factually incorrect details – like Tiki leaving his wife while she was eight months pregnant with twins – that graced the cover of “reputable” newspapers amused me.

Plain and simple, the truth was and still is that Tiki and I never crossed the line of being inappropriate while he was married and nor was our relationship inappropriate now that he wasn’t.

Johnson’s exactly correct when citing the truth. Except for one tiny detail: Barber was still married when they allegedly started dating. And is to this day.

Besides that, she’s right on the money.

I remember one day, crying to Tiki, probably after reading a blog about us (which I promised Tiki I wouldn’t do), begging him to call the papers, to scream it from the top of 30 Rock, to simply tell the world the truth because I thought it was destroying me, him, and the potential future for our relationship together.

Upon my request to vindicate not only myself, but him as well, Tiki, sat me down, placed his arm around me, and said, “Nothing that I can say will change their perception. Only time will. Now, please, stop talking and get back to the nude vacuuming.”

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Tiki ‘Booted’ By NBC; Wife Laments ‘Low-Balling’

Emily Smith and Dan Mangan of the NEW YORK POST report today that Tiki Barber, amidst charges from “heavily pregnant” wife Ginny that he’s “low-balling” her on child support, has been dumped by NBC’s “Today” show:

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

A source told The Post that the “Today” show has booted Tiki as a high-priced correspondent amid fallout from the scandal.

Representatives for both NBC and Tiki refused to comment on that claim.

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