Former NY Giants running back Tiki Barber and his wife of 11 years, Ginny Cha, are on the verge of calling it quits, as Barber’s relationship with a former NBC intern becomes part of the public record.
The couple, who are expecting their third child in a few weeks, have decided to separate, with Barber releasing a statement to the media, “After 11 years of marriage, Ginny and I have decided to separate,” Barber said in a statement this week. “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.”
Meanwhile, the cause of the breakup is said to be Barber’s relationship with 23-year-old Traci Lynn Johnson, who worked as an intern at NBC where Barber is a correspondent for the network’s “Today” show.
A Barber family friend told the newspaper that they believe Johnson, who was working as an NBC intern when Barber was hired in 2007, was in Vancouver with Barber while he was covering the Olympics. Photos on Johnson’s Facebook page show her wearing a Giants jersey emblazoned with the number 21, his old number.
In a 2004 interview, Barber railed against his own father for leaving his mother. “Not only did he abandon her, I felt like he abandoned us for a lot of our lives,” he said. “I have a hard time forgiving that.”