Barber met Johnson while he was working as an NBC Sports broadcaster and outraged friends told The New York Post that Barber and Johnson were sneaking around together in Senegal, West Africa for a travel documentary while Barber’s wife was three months pregnant.
But in January, Barber told The Virginian-Pilot that media stories about him were distorted and inaccurate.
“The stories… are unbelievably distorted,” Barber said. “Traci was an intern, but we weren’t together until three years after she was an intern…. The folks at CBS, they know me personally, and they can see past the perception. I met Traci when I was separated in 2007…. I got back together with my wife, then we got separated again. Four months later, three months later, I was fully moved in with Traci.”
Today, Barber says his personal life is now on the right path.
“Things settled down, really, after I got divorced,” Barber said. “A lot of acrimony in my life was a result of litigation going on, and so once that happened, I was able to take a breath again.”
Barber is now co-hosting a morning show for the CBS Radio Network and he’s using his new platform to talk about his own negative image. But I’m still not convinced that Barber is asking his controversial question for the right reasons.
Does Tiki want to make amends for his high-profile transgressions? Is he really trying to address his emotional well-being? Or he is simply trying to use this sensational topic as a way to reclaim the spotlight after losing his big-money job as a sportscaster three years ago?
In his 2007 memoir, “Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond,” Barber described the example he wants to set for his children.
“I want to be an honorable man, because that’s what I want them both to be,” Barber wrote. “My family is everything to me.”