EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FILE: Former New York Giants Tiki Barber is inducted into the Giants ?Ring of Honor? during halftime of a game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was reported that former NBC correspondent Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement and returning to the NFL for the 2011 season March 8, 2011. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
[Note by Ed Valentine, 05/27/11 8:45 AM EDT: You can find my take on Tiki over at SB Nation New York. ]
You would think that Tiki Barber would not need all this publicity and shock value within said publicity, but because of the lockout, Barber still does not have an official comeback launched, so he keeps throwing his name out there. The problem is, it's not in a good light, and he coulid be harming his chances of really coming back......
Tiki Barber creates stir with Anne Frank analogy - ESPN New York
Tiki Barber hasn't taken the football field yet in his comeback, but he's already taking hits for making an analogy to Holocaust victim Anne Frank. The former New York Giants running back has been criticized in local media for making the analogy during an interview in this week's Sports Illustrated. At one point in the article, Barber describes going into hiding with his girlfriend after his well-publicized breakup with his then-pregnant wife. Barber and his girlfriend ended up in the attic of the home of the player's agent, Mark Lepselter.
Tiki Barber, trying to look smart by invoking Anne Frank in SI piece, just looks dumb
Really? A married man hiding out with his girlfriend is the same as Anne Frank trying to avoid the Nazis with her family by hiding out in an annex of her father Otto's office in Amsterdam for two years? The Franks were discovered and transported to concentration camps. Anne Frank died of typhus in 1945 at the age of 15. Jews being murdered and Barber cheating on his wife don't belong in the same story, no less the same sentence.
I am literally at a loss for words here.