Tiki Barber, who quit the New York Giants the year before they won the Super Bowl, seems unable to evade controversy. For one, he retired from the game in 2006 after a decade with the team. Like a Greek tragedy, his twin brother Ronde was making big plays with the Buccaneers while Tiki sat suited up behind a Today show desk working as a correspondent. This didn’t last long.
Then last year, Tiki left his pregnant wife Ginny of 11 years for a 23-year-old NBC intern. Annoyed, the network dropped him and this past March, the retired running back filed papers to unretire and return to playing the field. Not only did he turn 36 last month, but he also been out of the game for five years.
Lastly, in the latest Sports Illustrated, he gets a little too real when describing how he and his girlfriend hid in his agent's New Jersey attic to escape the media limelight after his marriage dissolved. "Lep's [Mark Lepselter] Jewish and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing." Tiki may not be known for smooth talking, but these personal plights cannot be good for his comeback career.