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Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:49 am
 
Tiki Barber and his agent were "flabbergasted" but not "devastated" that no NFL teams were interested in his services. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Monday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote that Tiki Barber and his agent, Mark Lepselter, were "flabbergasted" that none of the 32 NFL teams had use for the 36-year-old former running back who last played in 2006. King added, "I hear he’s devastated that no team gave him a chance."

The response -- from both fans and media -- was the same: no organization, no matter how desperate, needed a guy closer to 40 than 30, four years removed from his last meaningful snap, and worse: not considered much of a teammate. (On the upside: it was the first time in internet history that writers and commenters were in agreement on, well, anything. Tiki Barber: bringing the world together.)

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post spoke with Lepselter, whose story differs from King's retelling of it.

“That is not correct,’’ he told the Post Sunday. “I never said he was devastated. That term never came out of my mouth.’’

Does that mean the word "flabbergasted" did? Because it conveys the same message -- that somehow, two people on this planet couldn't conceive of a scenario in which Tiki wasn't welcomed with open arms back into the league four years after leaving it to pursue a television career. Plus, as PFT.com's Michael David Smith points out, "King never attributed the word 'devastated' to Lepselter — that was King’s word, based on how he has heard Barber is feeling. (Barber is free to clear it up and tell everyone how he’s feeling, but he isn’t talking to anyone right now.)"

And it appears Barber won't be talking anytime soon, either.

“This is the last time I am speaking on this subject in any way, shape or form." Lepselter continued. “You can’t worry about the things in life you can’t control and Tiki has moved forward accordingly."

So there you have it. Barber and Lepselter are moving on. For how long depends on if an NFL team needs running back depth at some point in the coming weeks and months. The Dolphins were the only team to give Barber a workout and that was in August.

CBSSports.com's Michael Freeman heard from general manager whose team needs running backs that Barber wasn't in his plans because, simply, "I don't trust him. That's pretty much it."

We'll say it again: there's always the UFL.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'



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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

i dont blame barber for speaking out against the giant organization, after he played his heart out for his team they bring in a worthless q.b. and pay him 50 times what hes worth while barber and the giant defence made them a division power house, now people realize what a mistake it was to sign up eli, for the money they pay him
How many Super Bowls did they win with Tiki?  How many did they win once Tiki left?  Enough said.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

i dont blame barber for speaking out against the giant organization, after he played his heart out for his team they bring in a worthless q.b. and pay him 50 times what hes worth while barber and the giant defence made them a division power house, now people realize what a mistake it was to sign up eli, for the money they pay him



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Guys like TO can blast all former players and he still plays.
TO was 17 yards shy of a thousand with 9 TDs in 14 games last year.  Who's he playing for now?  He only got into Cincy because Palmer vouched for him.  Buffalo was desperate for some kind of playmaker.  Dallas....well, Jerry Jones is Jerry Jones.  Palmer's vouching and Buffalo's desperation were the only reasons Owens played after being shown the door in Dallas.

Heck, Pats may sign Moss after blasting them cause he can play
Moss didn't blast anyone.  He just wanted a contract extension.  He loved playing for the Pats.  Believe me, I live in Worcester and listen to WEEI.  There isn't a bigger group of Patriot apologists than that radio station and none of them hate Moss.

How can you say that Tiki can't play?  The guy was only worked out by one team.  Nobody has seen him do anything but blab on the Today Show for the last 4 years.  His attitude has everything to do with why nobody wanted him.  Nobody wanted the headache of having to deal with that primadonna.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

Paz, that post was hilarious. And as a Giants fan, he is getting what he deserved.  If it was not for Tom Coughlin, the coach he hated, he would never have even come close to a borderline Hall of Famer.  His best years came under Coughlin when his fumble issues disappeared when he taught Tiki how to hold the ball the right way.  Morals are clearly not the issue because Michael Vick was signed by someone.  Regardless of walking out on his pregnant wife or not, there are reasons no one wants him.  First of all, he is a running back who was 31 years old when he retired.  Yes, he has not taken a hit for 5 years, but teams are not going to take on a 36-year old tailback.  But the main reason why teams do not want him was because he quit on the Giants in 2006 by announcing his retirement in the middle of the season when it looked like we had a Super Bowl caliber team.  The team tanked after and snuck in the playoffs with the last spot, but it was all downhill afterwards.  He felt a sense of entitlement that he thought he was better than everyone else.  In other words, he was not a team player in a sport that is less about me and more about team.  Then, he goes on NBC and blasts Eli and the coach who was responsible for making him into a superstar.  Was it a coincidence that they won the Super Bowl the year after he retired?  They did not have his negative attitude and a player who quit on them a year before to spoil the ring.  And it proved that Eli and Coughlin were able to get the job done.  But his age, quitting mid-season, publicly bashing his ex-teammates (many of whom were still on the team), and then dumping his pregnant wife for that NBC intern along with his age at his position is why nobody was interested.  Not even Tampa had interest, where Ronde plays.  Randy Moss may have quit on plays in his career and not always gave it 100%, but he did not announce his retirement mid-season and essentially quit on his team.



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

I disagree....role models in sports was about moral character and integrity once upon a time, you dont normally make the pros without the talent.......maybe now its about talent and motivation and not morals, but it wasnt always that way

I do agree...the sport is meant for entertainment, never was intended for church, but why so many people are willing to keep paying for the sport so the high dollar ridiculous contracts can just keep going up is beyond me....

Just like everything else it seems, sports is going in the same direction as our nation... moral fiber is just about gone




Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Agent says Tiki Barber 'has moved forward'

if the guy came back he'd obviously see little to know playing time, a few third downs if anything. I never really followed tiki's career because i think he's a total slapdick, but from what I hear he's burn't a lot of bridges.


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