Friday, September 20, 2013

Tiki Barber reveals he's expecting baby with new wife

Tiki Barber has revealed he and the 23-year-old former NBC intern he left his pregnant ex-wife for three years ago are expecting their first child together.

The former New York Giants running back —who married one-time mistress Traci Johnson in a civil ceremony in a New York City Hall ceremony in July, eight days after his divorce to his wife of 11 years, Ginny, became final — boasted that he will be dad one more time.

Speaking on the women's gab-fest "Bethenny," the 37-year-old Barber said that his fifth child, and Johnson's first, was due in December before rubbing his young bride's belly as the live audience applauded. The episode will air this coming Tuesday.

The former Giants' lightning bolt running back turned lightning rod pariah had to endure the wrath of many fans after leaving his first wife in 2010, even though she was eight months pregnant with twin girls, after beginning an affair with Johnson.

At the time of the affair, Barber was working for NBC's "Today" show with ambitions to be a serious journalist, but lost his job soon afterwards when his contract wasn't renewed. His poor interviewing skills and dull camera presence didn't help his cause.

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The affair with the former NBC intern and Maxim pinup girl did not help endear him to football viewers either, as public opinion against Barber had already been lukewarm.

Before he became gossip fodder, Barber infuriated Giants fans when he questioned the techniques of head coach Tom Coughlin and the leadership skills of the Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, both of whom since gone onto to win two Superbowl championships with the Giants — each without Barber in the picture.

Giants fans lustily booed the former NFL star when Barber was inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor in October 2010.

Before his secret affair with Johnson became public, Barber was thought of as a committed family man, already the father of two sons and the expectant father of twin daughters.

And last year he insulted New York's Jewish community by comparing the clandestine affair with Johnson conducted inside a friend's attic as akin to the harrowing tale of Anne Frank.

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