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???