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Tiki Barber Leaves Pregnant Wife for Former NBC Intern Traci Johnson

Apr 7, 2010 – 10:45 AM
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Former Giants running back, and current NBC broadcaster, Tiki Barber is leaving his wife for a former NBC intern named Traci Johnson (seen at right). It's typical gossip fodder except that Ginny Barber, Tiki's wife of 11 years, is eight months pregnant. With twins.

If you thought Jaimee Grubbs got a lot of attention for having an affair with Tiger Woods, wait until Google gets a hold of Johnson, a former co-worker of Barber's who has been described by the New York Post as "sexy" and "a model-thin bombshell." And Tiki broke the news to everyone in the classiest, most thoughtful way possible: via press release:
"After 11 years of marriage, Ginny and I have decided to separate," Barber said. "This decision was a painful one, but we are moving forward amicably and will continue to work together to raise our children with the love and dedication they have always known.
Of course, far more insulting than issuing a press release about your marriage is that Barber is leaving his wife for someone he worked with several months ago, and doing it all on his birthday.

Regardless, Barber's infidelity is even more surprising when it's taken into account that he saw first-hand what an unfaithful father can do to a family.

In an interview with the Post from a few years ago, Barber lashed out at his own dad, who left Tiki and the rest of the family:
"I don't give a [bleep] that the relationship didn't work," (Barber) said of his parents' split in a 2004 Post interview. "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."
tiki barber and wifeIf you want the glass-half-full take -- at least from Barber's perspective -- his infidelity comes late enough to avoid being mocked by South Park, and just as the outrage over Woods' many, many transgressions is waning (after all, is one mistress even worth talking about at this point?)

That said, Barber (seen at right with his soon-to-be ex-wife) should still expect some backlash.

The public is forgiving, yes, but dumping your (very) pregnant wife for an intern is generally frowned-upon behavior, to say the least.

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