Former Giants NFL star-turned-'Today' show correspondent Tiki Barber and his wife of 11 years announced this week that they're separating. Nothing particularly scandalous there; people break up every day. However, it is alleged that Barber left wife his Ginny Cha for Traci Lynn Johnson, a blonde 23-year-old former NBC intern.
Oh, and Ginny is eight months pregnant and is expecting twins. Ginny is a former fashion publicist and full-time mom to the couple's two sons, A.J., 7, and Chason, 6. Apparently Ginny found out about the relationship late last year when Tiki moved out of their home and into a bachelor pad.
Tiki and Ginny began dating 16 years ago when both were students at the University of Virginia. During Giants games, Tiki used to blow a kiss to Ginny in the stands every time he scored.
Barber, who recently turned 35, was hired by NBC just after he retired in 2007. This is apparently when he first met Johnson, who was working there as an intern.
"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."
The affair is particularly stunning in light of Barber's long-standing disdain for his philandering father. He has 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 in a 2004 interview. "I have a hard time forgiving that."
Barber has made no other comment on this brewing scandal. It will be interesting to watch this story for further developments. It sounds like we may have another celebrity divorce case on the horizon.