Recently, Barber said he turned down an offer to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007 because he wanted to preserve his Giants' "legacy."
That may or may not be true (and who really cares?) Barber left the Giants after the 2006 season because he wanted to pursue a career in media. Plain and simple.
If he turned down football offers after that, it was for the same reason. Barber wanted to work in media - which he did - but he blew up his chances in that field when he left his pregnant wife for 23-year-old former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson.
We like Tiki. He's always been cordial and professional with us. He is a member of the Giants' Ring of Honor and he should be. His premature departure from the Giants and his criticism of teammates and management, however, are the items that stick in most fans' craw when it comes to him.
My advice to Tiki - if he truly wants to preserve his legacy - is to refrain from publicly commenting on the Giants and/or his career for awhile. Giant fans have heard enough from him. He's only hurting himself by revisiting the past. He should let his in-field record stand for itself.
Marc Malusis and Brandon Tierney of SNY's Wheelhouse discussed Tiki's latest statements......WATCH