Even on the day his brother officially announced his retirement, Tiki Barber made it about himself. Scoring the first interview with Ronde Barber on his CBS Sports Radio show yesterday, the former Giants running back asked his twin: “Why do so many people like you, but don’t like me?” Tiki’s co-hosts Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson seemed to love the question. But Ronde didn’t give the answer most Giants fans would. He didn’t mention his brother’s pot shots at quarterback Eli Manning and coach Tom Coughlin while working as an analyst for NBC in 2007. Or calling Michael Strahan greedy during 2002 contract negotiations. Or once comparing himself to Holocaust victim Anne Frank. “That’s a great question,” said Ronde, a star defensive back for the Buccaneers. “Probably because you live in New York and I don’t know if New Yorkers like anything more than loving their stars, then hating them. They look for faults and exploit them. Or failure and exploit them. And it’s a national, national story when it’s up there.” It was certainly a national story when Tiki left his pregnant wife in 2011 for an NBC intern. Giants fans harbor such ill will toward Tiki, who was an outstanding player, that they booed him during his induction in the team’s Ring of Honor in 2010.
Tiki asks Ronde: Why doesn’t anyone like me?
New York Post | May 10