Agent: Tiki knows where he’s going


Wednesday’s radio interview of former Giants running back Tiki Barber by WFAN’s Mike Francesa made headlines because of the argument that erupted regarding whether or not Tiki’s broadcasting career ended in failure.

From a football standpoint, the interview also made news.  Agent Mark Lepselter, who was on the line for the phone interview, said that two teams have shown significant interest, and that one team has emerged as the favorite.

We feel we know where we’re going,” agent Mark Lepselter said at least three times.

Lepselter said he spoke with teams before the lockout began and during the brief period the lockout was lifted.  As to the tampering issue, it appears that the Giants have given Tiki and Lepselter the green light to look for his next job, and that they’ll release his rights as soon as the lockout ends.

Surprisingly, Francesa didn’t ask Lepselter or Barber to name the teams.  Though they likely would have declined, Francesa doesn’t seem to be the type to shy away from asking a question that the guest won’t be inclined to answer.

57 responses to “Agent: Tiki knows where he’s going

  1. As a Texans fan, I’m so glad we have too many running backs right now. Loved that Ahman Greene thing we tried.

    But as an old guy, good luck Tiki. Hope you make it.

  2. Followed your link and listened to the entire interview. The argument was short-lived and the rest of the conversation was quite civil … even friendly.

    I don’t care for Tiki, but I never cared for Flozell Adams and was against acquiring him. He turned out to be a tremendous asset to the Steelers. As a fan, I expect our guys to do their best on the field, be good team players, and to stay out of jail. It would nice if they kept their feet out of their mouths and were decent human beings, but their personal lives are none of my business. Barber has always done his job on the field. If he still has something left, that’s what matters to potential employers.

  3. This guy will be great ……. In the UFL……as a towel boy .

    I almost always root for players attempting comebacks , but tiki’s arrogance makes it easy to root for him to fail .

  4. I’m no big fan of Barber – but Francesca was a complete @$$hole in that interview. The interview was conducted by a bitter jints fan, not a professional media figure (scarce as those are to find). Barber deserves tough questions, but Francespool wouldn’t let up. After the 3rd or 4th iteration of the same question designed to elicit a self-denigrating response it got old. You could tell the agent was really just trying to keep civility between the two, but Francespool ended up turning on the agent too. Good example of an @$$hole attack-interviewing a putz.

  5. Doesn’t Tiki Barber look like a turd in a suit? No seriously, when I see him being interviewed on TV, he looks like Mr. Hankey from South Park in a JC Penney ‘off the rack’ suit.

  6. whoever signs him will be doin him a favor. Why do some of these guys attempt to comeback when they went out at thr right time and just tarnish the career they had only to embaress themselves? i know its hard ro walk away from the game they love but damn leave w some dignity!

  7. This guy will be a viking. They’re gonna bench AP for him. Sound far fetched? So does the idea he makes ANY team this season

  8. That agent cannot honestly believe that sane people believe somebody will actually give a roster spot to Barber. Barber was a good running back in his prime – true. But he was NO Barry Sanders, Peterson or whatever. I will never believe that any one of the 32 NFL teams will pick him up. Why would they?

  9. Btw, did anyone notice Tiki’s incredible numbers the year he quit the league? He had something like 2100 yards from scrimmage and 8 touchdowns. And if you don’t believe me, look it up.

  10. A lot of fuss over a guy that will most likely sign as a third down back or a change of pace guy.

  11. footballhistorian says:Jun 22, 2011 11:25 PM

    I’m no big fan of Barber – but Francesca was a complete @$$hole in that interview. The interview was conducted by a bitter jints fan, not a professional media figure (scarce as those are to find).
    You are so right. Reading these sports sites and watching and listening to these sports guys feels more like I’m being dictated to by a bunch of fans and not like I’m listening too reading the works of mature professionals.

    Even worst is, the “group thinking” mentality that has engulfed the sports media. Like Mike Francesca attacking Tiki is original…NOT

  12. 1) One side of the argument says “their personal lives are none of my business.” That’s true.

    2) The other side of the argument says “I like to think that we share some values.” That’s true too.

    Overall I’m with #1 but if you want me to buy a shirt with your name on it I’m #2.

  13. Well…compared to another football turned media type Joe Theismann….Tiki wasn’t nearly as bad…not even close!

  14. Tiki has been out of the NFL for 4 years, he left his pregnant wife and had a bad broadcasting career. I don’t know what team would really want him to tell you the truth.

  15. Deb – The only voice of reason on this page –

    Met his twin brother – nice guy – don’t know how much different Tiki could be, having had twins (as a single parent) myself.

  16. what’s the point of asking a question if you know they’re not going to tell you?

    Also, if you listen to his show, he doesn’t usually ask questions that will get a player or coach in trouble with the league. For example, he’ll often say something like “i know you can’t tell me the name of the teams, but have you been getting calls about jose reyes?”

    So not surprising at all he didn’t ask to name the teams..

  17. Tiki Barber’s stats the last three years he played for the Giants:

    2004: 1518 rushing yards, 578 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns, 4.7 yards per carry
    2005: 1860 rushing yards, 530 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns, 5.2 yards per carry
    2006: 1662 rushing yards, 465 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns, 5.1 yards per carry

    These are incredible stats, considering these were the 8th, 9th, and 10th years in his career and he was still getting 5 yards per carry.

  18. The interview was awesome! All except Tiki’s agent playing nursemaid. If it were up to me I’d keep the fragile (and oddly feminine interviewee) Tiki off the airways before he starts stomping his feet and crying on live radio!

  19. Just listened to the interview, I thought Francesca was fair in his assessment and did a really good piece.

    Francesca didn’t ask for the team names, because the agent said “obviously I am not going to get into it.”

  20. I’d love to see Tiki in the ‘Burgh. Another reason to hate the Steelers. But I don’t see it–Tomlin runs backs into the ground (see “Willie Parker”) and Mendenhall is a young, fast, hard-to-tackle 3-down back.

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