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.