As you've probably read by now, Tiki Barber compared himself to Anne Frank. Tiki's analogy likened his hiding from the media in his agent's attic to Anne Frank and her family hiding from the Nazis. So much for hiding; the media attention is back on Tiki once again.
Tiki has had several mishaps involving the media, which he was a part of as a correspondent for NBC. He famously criticized Tom Coughlin and later questioned Eli Manning's qualities as a leader. These comments ruffled the feathers of many Giants fans.
I defended him, for the most part, as he was just doing his job. Perhaps his complaints were legitimate, or perhaps he was just trying to rock the boat. Either way, I argued, it shouldn't take away from what he meant to this organization as a player. He recently admitted that the team would not have won a Super Bowl if he were still there, saying that the offense would have revolved around him and that Eli wouldn't have evolved as a leader were that the case. These comments were a breath of fresh air, and a possible step to getting back on the fans' good side.
But this latest remark takes the cake. For someone who was always so well spoken and intellectual, Tiki just can't seem to stay out of trouble. I do believe that no harm was meant by his statement, but anyone who wants to be taken seriously as a journalist should know better than to make light of a such a touchy subject in such a lighthearted way.
Whether or not this latest media miscue will affect his potential NFL comeback remains to be seen, but it will be hard for him to run at full speed with one foot firmly planted in his mouth.