In an event that will surely do him no favors in his efforts to lure himself back into the good graces of Big Blue fans, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber announced via twitter that he has married Traci Lynn Johnson, the 25 year old former NBC intern who is widely believed to have been carrying on a romantic escapade with the star running back while he was still married to his ex-wife.
“Many thanks to the NYC Clerk's office, especially James Mitchell who married me to my love Traci Lynn Johnson!” Barber tweeted. “Excited for the next chapters . . .”
The ceremony occurred only eight days after Barber's divorce from his ex-wife, Ginny Cha, was finalized. Barber has been widely criticized for the terms on which he left Cha, who was eight months pregnant with the couple's twins at the time of the split. Tiki lost his job with NBC because of his inappropriate relationship with Johnson, which was only one aspect of Tiki's fall from grace during his post-football career.
Shortly after his retirement in 2007, Tiki publicly chastised Giants quarterback Eli Manning for his lack of leadership skills. Tiki's relationship with his former team deteriorated rapidly from there on out.
In fact, he was even booed during his induction into the Giants' Ring of Honor. Barber's relationship with Traci Lynn Johnson took his public admonishment from a local level, to a national media frenzy.
Recently, many Giants fans have called for Tiki's forgiveness. He was an all-time great Giants running back and was an instrumental aspect to the offense for several seasons. However, some actions go beyond the football field. Some actions are so reprehensible, that no matter what Tiki does for the rest of his life, there will always be a faction of Giants fans, and maybe even players that won't miss seeing his face around the franchise anymore.
It's almost as if Tiki doesn't care whether Giants' fans embrace him or not. Just when many were starting to get past his off the field blunders, he brazenly marries a 25 year old whom he left his pregnant wife for, just eight days after the divorce was final. Hopefully, one day in the future, Tiki can find a way to get back into the good graces of Giants' fans. He truly was a dominant force out of the backfield for several seasons, and is among the top 2-3 running backs to ever suit for Big Blue.
However, right now, Tiki Barber will remain a maligned figure in the minds of Giants fans. No matter how bad some of us may want to forgive him, he is just not letting us.
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