Despite Everything, Tiki Barber Is Good at Heart
Once and future running back unleashes Holocaust analogy
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???