The New York Post is reporting that NFL star-turned-”Today” show correspondent Tiki Barber left his wife of 11 years after hooking up with a 23-year-old intern.
According to the newspaper, the former New York Giants running back developed a relationship with former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson, and the affair has led him to end things with his wife Ginny Cha – who is currently eight months pregnant with twins. They have two sons, ages six and seven.
“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.”
According to the Post, Johnson was spotted with Barber at a film screening in Washington, D.C. last month and may have accompanied the former football player on a trip to Senegal in late 2009.
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.”