Cry Me A River: Tiki Barber Was Depressed After His Dirt Dog Ways Ruined His Career

- By Bossip Staff

Maybe Tiki Barber’s plan to come back to football isn’t going quite as planned.

Now he’s out there crying rivers to the media about how sad he was after throwing his career in the crapper behind some pretty Becky who had no qualms with stealing a pregnant woman’s husband. This Daily News article almost makes him sound like a hero.

The emptiness paralyzed Tiki Barber to the point where getting out of bed to face the day was overwhelming. One of the greatest New York Giants of them all barely could move.

There was no drive, no incentive, no reason to go anywhere, be anywhere. No real purpose to serve. Tiki Barber, his football exploits ended by his own accord, his marriage dissolving and his television career in tatters, was melting down.

“I thought, not that I had it all figured out, I thought that I had the right plan,” Barber said yesterday in an exclusive interview with The Post. “The problem with thinking and believing wholeheartedly that you have the right plan is if you’re wrong, you’ve gone all-in. And then when that falls by the wayside, you’re stuck, like I was. I won’t say depressed, but it’s kind of like I was depressed. I was still social, interacting with people, but I didn’t FEEL anything.”

“The goal is to be back where I was, back as a football player, because that’s where I was happiest, when I was successful at something,” Barber said.

I’m not worried about the age or people [saying] I’m out of touch or too old,” Barber said. “The worst that can happen is that they’re right. More than anything, this is something very personal to me to prove I can go forward with my life. Even if it’s for a year, two years, three years, even if it’s for four months. It gets me back engaged in living life.”

Word, Tiki? This has nothing to do with you needing the income?

He would also like us to believe that we’re wrong about him and his sweet, white love.

Controversy and innuendo swirled as reports surfaced that Barber was divorcing his eight-months-pregnant wife, Ginny, because of an affair with the then 23-year-old Johnson, an NBC intern. Barber insists his relationship with Johnson has been inaccurately portrayed.

“It was the negative publicity, I think,” Barber said. “Everybody goes through something negative, it’s just a matter of how big it gets. I didn’t have a relationship with Traci when she was at NBC. We were friends when we were at NBC. She had left, graduated college and was in graduate school when we became close, but that’s not the perception because of what was written.”

…And that his no longer buying a nice, wholesome role model had nothing to do with him getting fired.

“What happened? Life at NBC didn’t work out, for whatever reason,” Barber said. “I went through and am going through a divorce, and as much as you want to put on a brave face, it gets hard. There were times over the years where I didn’t even want to leave my house. I was literally sitting around doing nothing. I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything.”

This was not the man Johnson fell for.

“When we first met, he was completely motivated. He wanted to have an influence on everything, wanted to make an impact,” Johnson said. “And so it was a complete shock just to see him basically disintegrate.”

In other words, she started panicking when the checks really slowed down. Which, Tiki finally admitted, does have something to do with this “very personal” come back to football.

“Let’s face it, everything is about a job,” Barber said. “Everything is about money but it’s not the sole reason why I’m doing something. I’m not going to go play for free. Everybody needs to make a living.”

Asked about his financial situation, he added, “I am OK. It’s rough. Every divorce is rough. I’m going to come out with half of what I had. But that’s just how it is. That’s life, and I don’t begrudge Ginny or the divorce process for any of that.”

Word, Tiki? For real? How big of you.


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  • chocolate

    tiki is a lying dog- he did mess with that young girl while he was married. He couldn’t get out of bed because he knows he was wrong and did his wife and kids wrong. Kiki is loser. I hope he does not have any type of career after this

  • clarissa

    The GREAT I AM blessed you with a good wife and “your children”. Oh no you wanted chase young harlots ….you will never be happy “PROVERBS” you will miss the wife of your youth :-). Now strange men will be coming around your children!

  • sportstalk23

    Excellent candidate for a HO SIT DOWN! You need the ducets to keep that bimbo around, also all this so called motivation no mention of the 4 children usually isn’t it the kids that are the most important things, considering he publicly called out his father for years, for ditching him,the mother and brother. Now look at Tiki every bit the same loser



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  • Sweet Dream

    Serves him right. Piece of Sh!t. Lost his family and paying for it every month!

  • Pink Lace

    He just mad cause the jigg is up! #Bam!

  • Steelcitychick

    He’s beyond pathetic…..poor excuse of a father and a man! Hope his ex-wife and kids are doing well without this his loser azz.

  • nursedred

    I hope they pulverize him as soon as he steps on the field

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  • Greeneyez0712

    Ole’ saying….What goes around comes around….. No sympathy for ya bruh….

  • JayJay Growlings

    shameless son of a b!tch trying to defend leaving your PREGNANT wife for some chick who’ll dump you before christmas. shame.

  • prettydew

    “I was still social, interacting with people, but I didn’t FEEL anything.” doesn’t sound depressed to me, sounds cold-hearted [I mean depressed people usually say that they FEEL extreme sadness, desperation, worthlessness, burdensome to their loved ones, etc, etc, POOR TIKI FEELS NOTHING!!!]. hey johnson remember OJ, yeah I bet he was REAL depressed over his divorce too. POOR, POOR TIKI

  • resurrected

    His side chick was not willing to stay there for the long hall unless he has long money.

  • Fit49

    There are times when what goes around really does come around. Yeah!

  • Ridiculous 1

    I find this story to be entertaining. I feel no sympathy for Tiki and “brothas” like him.

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