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Tiki Barber “has moved forward,” agent says

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On Monday we passed along a report from Peter King that Tiki Barber is devastated and flabbergasted that no team would give him a shot to make an NFL comeback at age 36. After that report started to create a buzz in the NFL world, Barber’s agent became exasperated.

Agent Mark Lepselter told the New York Post that he’s done talking about Barber’s aborted comeback, and that Barber is ready to get on with his life.

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

Lepselter told King that Barber was “flabbergasted,” but he seemed to object to King’s use of the word “devastated.”

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

Lepselter and the New York Post seem to be suggesting that King misquoted Lepselter, but 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.)

In any event, Lepselter sounds like he realizes that Barber isn’t going to get another chance in the NFL. It may take some more time for Barber to accept that.

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55 Responses to “Tiki Barber “has moved forward,” agent says”
  1. mrbigass says: Sep 6, 2011 7:57 AM

    Flabbergasted = Broke & Unemployed

  2. dawkinseffect says: Sep 6, 2011 7:57 AM

    well maybe his brother will let him play a few plays for him, do the old switch-o-roo

  3. tatum064 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:03 AM

    maybe Versus network, or UFL play-by-play color awaits? Might even try to relocate and cover the NFL on England’s broadcasts.

  4. lostsok says: Sep 6, 2011 8:04 AM

    He’s finally moving forward, ay? Guess he really HAS lost his speed.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Sep 6, 2011 8:04 AM

    And by “moved forward” his agent means “hit rock bottom”.

  6. dawkafella says: Sep 6, 2011 8:04 AM

    I bet that’s how his wife felt when left her preggo with twins! How does it feel Tiki to taste ur own medicine!

  7. carolinajimbo says: Sep 6, 2011 8:05 AM

    I guess it would be too much to wish he would just go away now?

  8. waltdawg says: Sep 6, 2011 8:05 AM

    For god’s sake man! Move on Tiki…Move on out of the way of younger hungrier guys who can ball…And please push Portis with you.

    These are Shanahan’s Redskins now…Fine print will point to Mr Snyder

  9. cakemixa says: Sep 6, 2011 8:06 AM

    This guy just can’t stick to one thing (or woman, for that matter).

  10. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 6, 2011 8:09 AM

    Now his ego is only truck size.

  11. jimmysee says: Sep 6, 2011 8:10 AM

    Moved forward = UFL??

  12. darthobama says: Sep 6, 2011 8:11 AM

    I can’t decide who is the bigger doosh…tiki or his agent?…tiki cheated on his wife while she was pregnant with twins…vs…tikis agent used the words flabbergasted and exasperated in a 48 hour period…

    Thumbs up if tikis is the bigger db…
    Thumbs downs if his agent is the bigger db…

    Don’t vote if y’all think I’m the bigger db….

  13. halfie6 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:15 AM

    Tiki even fumbles his return to football.

  14. pabillsfan says: Sep 6, 2011 8:16 AM

    The guy has no character and is old as hell (for a running back). The way he did his wife and kids.. he would be a locker room cancer, no reason at all to give him a chance at 36, just no reason at all. He’d be a distraction.

  15. irchs1963 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:20 AM

    Yes, Please……Just move on !!!

  16. bdert says: Sep 6, 2011 8:20 AM

    When u turn your back on Ppl…Ppl turn their backs on u…If Tiki didn’t see this coming, he was asleep @ the wheel…

  17. stanmackley says: Sep 6, 2011 8:24 AM

    Tiki wasnt even close to being in football shape right? other players train and go through pain for at least 7 months to prepare for the NFL.

  18. jw731 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:25 AM

    Good……Now can you please put what has been a joke of a story from the beginning to rest now?…..For Good.

  19. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 6, 2011 8:26 AM

    So have all of the NFL teams…

  20. stoutfiles says: Sep 6, 2011 8:30 AM

    So happy to see that, just this once, a player with horrible character gets left off a team. I’d rather my team lose then win with a bunch of guys I have no respect for.

  21. ninjapleazee says: Sep 6, 2011 8:31 AM

    I’d rather sign Barry Sanders

  22. wheresmyjuice says: Sep 6, 2011 8:33 AM

    He gave up already? What did that comeback last a month?

  23. couchbasher says: Sep 6, 2011 8:33 AM

    I think the fact this RB does NOT have a job is 100% absurd.

    Are people forgetting how talented this guy was? If Jim Brown or Barry Sanders wanted to make a comeback at age 36, who would’ve said no?

    While it’s true he likes other women and was a locker room cancer…he can still tote the rock one year on 3rd down and would make an impact on a team that needs depth at RB.

  24. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 6, 2011 8:34 AM

    The series of processional football death.

    Denial-“You mean NO ONE called” No way!

    Anger-“This is all NBC’s fault. They and the NFL have it in for me.”

    Bargaining-“Tell them I’ll play for the vet minimum.”

    Depression-“Anyone have a valium”

    Acceptance- “I have a hot blonde girlfriend a nice NFL pension. It could be worse. I could be Jerome Bettis.”

  25. couchbasher says: Sep 6, 2011 8:36 AM

    BTW…What happens when Frank Gore gets injured?

  26. tinopuno says: Sep 6, 2011 8:43 AM

    darthobama says: Sep 6, 2011 8:11 AM

    Thumbs up if tikis is the bigger db…
    Thumbs downs if his agent is the bigger db…

    Don’t vote if y’all think I’m the bigger db….

    ————————————————————-

    With literally millions of people NOT VOTING, what does that tell you?

  27. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 6, 2011 8:43 AM

    I saw this coming when he said he “needed football now.” Yeah, he’s trashed the rest of his life, so now he needs the adulation and back pats and “atta boys” to boost his self-worth.

    Wanna make God laugh? Tell him your plans.

  28. east96st says: Sep 6, 2011 8:44 AM

    “This is the last time I am speaking on this subject in any way, shape or form.” Lepselter said.”

    If only the death penalty came into play when promises like that are broken.

  29. bhester1906 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:49 AM

    Really? Flabbergasted? Why? You can find a running back anywhere. No need reaching for a guy like Tiki. He was in it for personal gain anyways.

  30. zoxitic says: Sep 6, 2011 8:50 AM

    Dont feel too bad tiki. Not everybody has a brother making millions in the nfl.

  31. zoxitic says: Sep 6, 2011 8:53 AM

    Tiki, call eli manning for some leadership skills

  32. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:54 AM

    Thats unfortunate, I never cared for him much but I was hoping to see what he had left in the tank

  33. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 6, 2011 8:57 AM

    Radioactive person.

  34. TheSportingMind says: Sep 6, 2011 8:59 AM

    I don’t care?

  35. riverhorsey says: Sep 6, 2011 9:05 AM

    He expected to much after being off so long and at his age. Most guys that play his position are pretty much done at 36.

    The mistake he made was retiring to early when he still had a couple good years left.

  36. primetime6 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:05 AM

    Why not play in the UFL?…. if he looks good he’ll get a shot for sure.

  37. jenniferxxx says: Sep 6, 2011 9:06 AM

    Translation – “The college girl has dumped me, and those child support payments are emptying my bank account.”

  38. psychoraider904 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:12 AM

    As the sad music plays in the back ground

  39. americankris says: Sep 6, 2011 9:15 AM

    Why not play in the ufl then the nfl mid season

  40. deadmanwalking47 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:16 AM

    don’t think he’s a bad guy,he just really burned his bridges when he came out the season after he retired,and dissed eli and the giants like he did.i hate the giants,but eli certainly did’nt deserve that.tikki learned a valuable lesson,better shut up and act stupid than open your mouth and prove it!

  41. spharrgcs says: Sep 6, 2011 9:23 AM

    Just another funny chapter in the post-career bizzaro world that is Tiki Barber’s life. There has to be a high school somewhere in need of a washed-up yet semi-notorious former NFL running back to teach their skill players how not to fumble.

  42. mhalt99 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:28 AM

    Tiki – Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away (like you did with you wife who was with you before you made a dime and was preggo with your twins)

  43. wacco4flacco says: Sep 6, 2011 9:31 AM

    One word. Karma.

  44. citiciti says: Sep 6, 2011 9:38 AM

    ba-bye

  45. waynefontes says: Sep 6, 2011 9:53 AM

    I guess this is progress, since this jerk is so used to taking a step backwards.

  46. upyoursnfu says: Sep 6, 2011 9:55 AM

    Moving forward…in the unemployement line

  47. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    couchbasher says: Sep 6, 2011 8:33 AM

    I think the fact this RB does NOT have a job is 100% absurd.

    Are people forgetting how talented this guy was? If Jim Brown or Barry Sanders wanted to make a comeback at age 36, who would’ve said no?

    While it’s true he likes other women and was a locker room cancer…he can still tote the rock one year on 3rd down and would make an impact on a team that needs depth at RB.

    1 27
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    You seem to be in the minority, slightly.

  48. trickbunny says: Sep 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    “moved forward” = “sulked away, bitter and embarrased”

  49. pigskinswag says: Sep 6, 2011 11:11 AM

    What? You mean no team wanted to sign a 36 year old running back? I am in shock & awe folks, shock & awe.

  50. 1bigtex says: Sep 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    @ couchbasher

    First, you aren’t trying to imply that Tiki Barber needs to mentioned in the same breath with Jim Brown, are you? That would be a total loss of any and all credit for football knowledge on your part. HE’S OLD!!! For NFL RBs, 36 is old. He’s been away from the game for years! He was really good, but that was years ago. A 36 year old RB isn’t going to be picked up by a team unless that team is unbelievably desperate. He didn’t just burn his bridge in New York, he nuked it.

  51. vikefanman2000 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:39 AM

    We are all flabbergasted Tiki! Does no one have a need for a Superbowl winning running back in this league? Oh wait…..you QUIT one year too early. Nevermind.

  52. granadafan says: Sep 6, 2011 11:51 AM

    Let’s do a checklist here:

    1) Old (for a running back)
    2) Hasn’t played for over 4 years
    3) Running backs are a dime a dozen
    4) He’s a CANCER IN THE LOCKER ROOM
    5) Tiki who?

  53. JSpicoli says: Sep 6, 2011 12:55 PM

    Tiki getting what he deserves. The karmic universeis back in order.

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:14 PM

    No pity for him. And as a Giants fan, I never will.

  55. ehatem says: Sep 6, 2011 4:35 PM

    In other words, if I can’t get a guaranteed 1 year contract I’m going to take my toys and go home. Yeah, he’s got a great love of the game. Once he realized the only way he’d get on a team is a week to week contract that wasn’t guaranteed in the slightest, he quit. Not that that should surprise anyone. Least of all his agent.

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