Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has left his pregnant wife for an NBC intern he met while working for The Today Show, according to The New York Post. Tiki's wife of almost eleven years, Ginny, is eight months pregnant with twins, the couple's third and fourth children. The other woman is reportedly 23-year-old NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson. Bad Tiki! No torch!
Tiki and Traci allegedly traveled to Senegal together last year to film a documentary that Tiki hosted for the Travel Channel, while Ginny was three months pregnant. Sources tell the Post Traci may also have accompanied Tiki to the Vancouver Olympics, where he blogged for Yahoo!, because as we've seen he's not good at covering that event on TV. 5 Scandalous Celebrity Affairs
The situation is particularly uncomfortable because of statements Tiki has made in the past about his own father, who left Tiki's mom, Geraldine, when Tiki and his twin brother, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde, were four years old. In his 2008 autobiography, Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond, Tiki wrote, "What did I feel for my father? Not love or hate. Those emotions are too strong. It was something worse. Indifference." In a 2006 interview, Tiki told The New York Post about his father, James, "Not only did he abandon her, I felt like he abandoned us for a lot of our lives. I have a hard time forgiving that." Woman With Daddy Issues Seeks Unavailable Man
So, yeah. There's that. This is obviously a dick move on Tiki's part. According to the Post, his relationship with Traci may have started as far back as 2007, when he was hired by NBC after retiring from football. And then while he was carrying on a years-long affair, he and his wife decided to have two more kids! How wonderful for everyone. Tiki Barber, please take a number in the line for Crappy Dudes of 2010. Don't worry, it's not alphabetical.
Via The New York Post. Photo of Tiki and Ginny Barber via Bauer-Griffin.