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Tiki asks Ronde why people don’t like him, irony dies

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Tiki Barber was a lightning rod in the country’s largest media market, never won a Super Bowl, criticized coaches and teammates who did, failed to conquer the world as a television personality and raised eyebrows with some questionable personal decisions.

So on the day his lower profile, more successful brother retired, Tiki took to the airwaves to ask Ronde “Why do so many people like you, but don’t like me?

Self-awareness doesn’t appear to have been considered as an option.

Ronde was being interviewed by Tiki on CBS Sports Radio when the Smothers Brothers-style question came up, asking once before a commercial break and then giving Ronde a moment to think about it.

“That’s a great question,” Ronde said, via the New York Daily News. “[It’s] probably because you live in New York and I don’t know if New Yorkers like anything more than loving their stars than hating them.

“They look for faults and exploit them, or failures and exploit them and it’s a national story when it’s up there.”

We can now consider Ronde the more polite one, as well.

In case that’s not the answer you were seeking, perhaps it was Tiki calling Michael Strahan greedy during a contract negotiation. Perhaps it was ripping Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin after Tiki retired. Perhaps it was leaving his pregnant wife for an intern at an old job, or comparing his persecution to Anne Frank.

Or maybe it’s just that New Yorkers are big meanies.

That must be it.

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77 Responses to “Tiki asks Ronde why people don’t like him, irony dies”
  1. rc33 says: May 9, 2013 3:04 PM

    Flabberg….er, the heck with it.

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 9, 2013 3:07 PM

    I have identical twin sons and it’s amazing how different their personalities can be despite identical genes and upbringing. Of course, mine are both loveable.

  3. stillers1229 says: May 9, 2013 3:07 PM

    I have personally enjoyed watching Tiki’s fall from grace… if he ever had grace to begin with.

  4. nyyjetsknicks says: May 9, 2013 3:09 PM


  5. marvsleezy says: May 9, 2013 3:11 PM

    Perhaps it was ripping Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin after he retired
    Coughlin retired? When was that?

  6. bigbwoy000 says: May 9, 2013 3:11 PM

    Tiki will never get it. Tiki is not a victim. He brought it all on with his mouth, his swarmy ways & his over-sized ego.

    This is a guy that could have been revered in NY. One of the best running backs in Giant history.

    He thought HE was bigger than the team. He found out he isn’t & now wants to cry foul.

    He should just go away.

  7. ninaz916 says: May 9, 2013 3:11 PM

    Left his prego wife for an intern? Lets bet he has neither of them, now.

  8. gcsuk says: May 9, 2013 3:12 PM

    Thanks guys, I needed a laugh today!

  9. The Prophet says: May 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    So how do they explain the other 49 states that cant’ stand him either?

  10. fafaflunky says: May 9, 2013 3:14 PM

    he’s just a richard

  11. Neftali Ramos says: May 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    I don’t even know what to say….Tiki must’ve lost his mind or his memory.

  12. justintuckrule says: May 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    Sometimes I’m ashamed to be a NY fan. Fickle NYers easily forget that Tiki was our ENTIRE team for the better part of 7 years. Without him, I doubt Eli grows into the 2x SB MVP he is today. It’s much easier learning QB in your first 3 years when 22 pairs of eyes are all on the best RB in the league at the time. People need to let it go already. It’s been 7 years.

  13. rhamrhoddy says: May 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    With all the political correctness these days, I did not expect someone to play the Meanie card. Well done.

  14. gochargersgo says: May 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    “In case that’s not the answer you were seeking, perhaps it was Tiki calling Michael Strahan greedy during a contract negotiation. Perhaps it was ripping Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin after Tiki retired. Perhaps it was leaving his pregnant wife for an intern at an old job, or comparing his persecution to Anne Frank.”

    You forgot losing a fumble in seemingly every big game early in his career and announcing his retirement mid season in an attempt to draw more attention to himself.

  15. roverboy1949 says: May 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    When you’re a shmuck, you’re a shmuck. And nobody likes a shmuck.

  16. asimonetti88 says: May 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted by that response

  17. vmannj says: May 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    I live in a small media market (200,000 people) without a pro sports team. Our local sports radio station replaced a well-liked national sports morning show with the CBS version featuring Ronde’s sister, Tiki. That was the day I stopped listening.

  18. miriam45 says: May 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Becuase he makes it so easy to hate him

  19. inyofaceagain says: May 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    Ronde can I borrow some money? -Tiki

  20. dbones750 says: May 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Tiki articles have the most brutal comments sections. I love it.

  21. blacknole08 says: May 9, 2013 3:34 PM

    Let’s see… he ripped your old team and your old head coach, left your pregnant wife for an NBC intern, acted like a tool while employed by NBC… I think that’s reason enough to dislike Tiki.

  22. japmen says: May 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    Awesome article title. Even better comments section.

  23. jintsfan says: May 9, 2013 3:43 PM

    Big Giant fan here. Other than his fumbling year, Tiki was the best offensive weapon we had during his tenure. Total package (ran w/ speed, great receiver, great blocker). Loved him. But then to reveal his ugly deluded self absorbed personality on TV and turn on his team like a rabid dog was disgraceful. What better revenge than to have forced Eli out of his shell and made him more of a leader and a champion. Toki wanted more money and thought the G-men were losers so he quit right before the season that we took home the Lombardi. Sorry Tiki, you lost my repect as well as a ring

  24. gvboot says: May 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    Because you refuse to take your diapers off and put your big boy pants on. Still spoiled ROTTEN.

  25. bigsdawg says: May 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    Coughlin retired? When was that?

    I’m pretty sure he was referring to when Tiki retires

  26. sfniners4life says: May 9, 2013 3:50 PM

    Ronde showed up and preformed. Never any bitter contracts demands and stuck with the bucs after they lost all there stars and is a real team guy. I’m not a bucs fan but got mad respect for the way ronde handle his career.

  27. yyyass says: May 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    During his awful tenure on Sunday Night Football, it was obvious Tiki was a goner when he was sentenced to be a sideline “girl” while Jerome Bettis – JEROME BETTIS, got to stay in the studio. That’s when Tiki’s button popped and that turkey was done.

  28. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    Ronde = Hall of Fame

    Tiki = Hall of Flabbergasted

  29. logisticalvoices says: May 9, 2013 4:09 PM

    Evil. Twin. Brother.

  30. gurnblanstonreturns says: May 9, 2013 4:09 PM

    Ronde wins Thanksgiving for life in the Barber family. Wouldn’t be surprised if Mama Barber asked to trade Tiki for Marion.

  31. hashtagfaith says: May 9, 2013 4:18 PM

    Quite possibly the best title of a PFT article ever. Ever. #Faith

  32. spideysdog says: May 9, 2013 4:35 PM

    dear Tiki,

    I believe it has something to do with the fact that Ronde was a stud player, a pillar of the community and a consumate professional while you were… none of the above.


    everyone you ever came in contact with.

  33. CKL says: May 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    May 9, 2013 3:15 PM
    Sometimes I’m ashamed to be a NY fan. Fickle NYers easily forget that Tiki was our ENTIRE team for the better part of 7 years. Without him, I doubt Eli grows into the 2x SB MVP he is today. It’s much easier learning QB in your first 3 years when 22 pairs of eyes are all on the best RB in the league at the time. People need to let it go already. It’s been 7 years.
    You’re right that Tiki was a fantastic player. Looks like he has problems “letting it go” as you say since he’s still dwelling on why people hate him…7 years later.

    Sad that his greatness on the field could be eclipsed by all HE did to make himself widely unlikeable. He has only himself to blaem. And if he had let the fact that he quit on his team midseason and the following year that team went out and won a ring humble him, maybe I’d be more inclined to think better of him. But he didn’t.

    Ronde is respected as widely as Tiki isn’t. That should make Tiki think too. But again, it doesn’t seem to have done that. I guess the genes that allow someone to have class and grace all went to Ronde.

  34. eatitfanboy says: May 9, 2013 4:45 PM

    Ronde is the shining example of what Tiki could have been.

    I’m sure Tiki thought he was the Alpha twin because he was so much more famous and played in a such a larger market.

    Meanwhile, it’s Ronde who won a Superbowl, Ronde who will go into the Hall of Fame, and Ronde who will most likely have a successful TV career.

    And Tiki will never get it- he will go to his grave playing the victim card.

  35. mksnpcola says: May 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    Ronde must be going into politics. Nice start.

  36. socalskinsfan says: May 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    Tiki is officially the evil twin.

  37. Rick Gershman says: May 9, 2013 5:01 PM

    I share a birthday with the Barbers (April 7), and I’ve always been quick to note that of Ronde. Not Tiki.

  38. t8ertot says: May 9, 2013 5:01 PM

    Leaving your pregnant wife for a young 20 something comes to mind. Nevermind that you throw your teammates under the bus.

  39. jpaynethemayne says: May 9, 2013 5:14 PM

    loved watching him run the rock for the gangrene gang!

  40. sherlock30 says: May 9, 2013 5:15 PM

    Tiki is a filthy piece of poop that was flushed several years ago but still manages to float back to surface once in a while.

    Go away Quitter. You quit on your wife, you quit on your kids, you quit on your team and now it seems like you’re quitting on reality.

    Tiki, nobody likes you because you’re a douche bag.

    I hope that helps little man.

  41. johnstone17 says: May 9, 2013 5:16 PM

    Tiki needs to change his name to Richard Cranium.

  42. stillers1229 says: May 9, 2013 5:18 PM

    Remember when he tried to get back into football and no one wanted him? That was funny.

  43. brownsprotonator says: May 9, 2013 5:19 PM

    The giants started winning when You left. (Capitalization intentional)

  44. mazblast says: May 9, 2013 5:21 PM

    Tiki should be a bank officer, because in his entire life he’s never given credit to anyone.

  45. kuranda84 says: May 9, 2013 5:25 PM

    Lol. Good article. Ronde will be missed. Always seemed like a great guy.

    Tiki not so much.

  46. whatjusthapped says: May 9, 2013 5:29 PM

    Does anyone have to really explain this to him, when your wife is pregnant, it is considered sleazy to be banging the 22 year intern. Even sleazier is to leave your wife for said intern. Even sleazier than that is if the intern is not even in the same zip code of looks as the wife you dumped.

    I hope the intern can suck a bowling ball thru a garden hose but that’s all he’s got left in life. The TV executives hate him, the Giants management loathe him and his ex-teammates don’t want to know his name, a well earned trifecta for being a total a$$ hole.

  47. dequan81 says: May 9, 2013 5:31 PM

    Maybe nobody likes you because you use the day your brother retires to talk about yourself.

  48. 11inthebox says: May 9, 2013 5:37 PM

    I know this post will be deleted but I’ll say it anyway.

    Tiki Barber did everything today’s audience supposedly wants a former player to do. He gave you inside the locker room details. He criticized former teammates and coaches.

    And isn’t that what you people call being “objective?”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that exactly what Amani Toomer is doing these days?

  49. justintuckrule says: May 9, 2013 5:40 PM

    Tiki didn’t quit on his team. He announced his retirement mid season in the same way Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis announced theirs. If you watched Tiki play at all in 06′, nobody could say he “quit”. Guy was an animal that year.

    Tiki’s only crime is that he’s got a big mouth and speaks his mind. He said the one thing that we all knew already…that Eli voice wasn’t respected in the lockerroom. For that, he’s villified.

    LT has sex with minors and is placed on top of our Mt. Rushmore.

    Wake up people. You’re priorities are NOT straight.

  50. cutboy1985 says: May 9, 2013 5:53 PM

    Because you complain about everything like nothings perfect. Should have just played football. Don’t complain during and after. You may could have had a ring too. Too bad you don’t. God don’t like ugly.

  51. rajbais says: May 9, 2013 5:55 PM

    “[It’s] probably because you live in New York and I don’t know if New Yorkers like anything more than loving their stars than hating them.”

    Tiki would know a lot about the “hate” part.

  52. vikesfansteve says: May 9, 2013 5:57 PM

    They are both tools.

  53. goodguyattorney says: May 9, 2013 5:59 PM

    It’s been around so long, I don’t even know where the flabbergasted reference comes from, but I know what it means.

  54. ranger764 says: May 9, 2013 6:01 PM

    I agree with you justintuckrule. The guy has made some mistakes, but you guys are grilling the guy like he killed somebody. I’m sure everyone here is a fine, upstanding citizen and would never make some of the same mistakes Tiki has, but gimme a break. Guys cheat on their wives all the time and leave them etc. I’m not saying it right, but you guys are merciless. Tiki didn’t quite on his team. He announced he may retire during the season and then did in the off-season. He continued to run his @$$ off the rest of the year. I watched, did you? He’s lost some luster in my eyes as he has in most, but you don’t need to vilify the guy to this degree. Thumbs down if you agree.

  55. granadafan says: May 9, 2013 6:10 PM

    The soap opera industry made billions off the storyline about secret evil twins. If the Barbers are hard up for money, they can get into that business. Tiki won’t have to act. It will just come naturally to him.

  56. blueballz77 says: May 9, 2013 6:11 PM

    Because Tiki when you retired and stabbed your ex teammates in the back to further your Selfish TV career giving negative incites the whole year while Eli and T C proved you wrong! The pregnant wife may of had something to do with it you let us down when you did those things

  57. rubicon202 says: May 9, 2013 6:14 PM

    This is his brothers moment but yet Tiki finds a way too make it about Tiki…

  58. contract says: May 9, 2013 6:14 PM

    Is anyone surprised that Tiki found a way to make it about him?

  59. commonsensedude says: May 9, 2013 6:17 PM

    I am hoping that Tiki one day has his “George Costanza moment” and realizes that since everything he does and says tends to be wrong, if he just does the opposite of his natural inclinations, everything he does and says will tend to be right.

  60. hatesycophants says: May 9, 2013 6:28 PM

    I guess leaving your wife when she’s pregnant is wrong, but I don’t know the details. Leaving your wife when she’s in the ICU is worse.

    Just helping to reset your moral compasses.

  61. kwjsb says: May 9, 2013 6:33 PM

    Ronde played and Tiki quit on his team.
    Nuff Said.

  62. mistrezzrachael says: May 9, 2013 6:43 PM

    Tiki could have and would have…been a perfect jet.

  63. taintedsaints2009 says: May 9, 2013 6:44 PM

    I thought it was funny the giants started winning superbowls immediately after tiki left.

    I’m hoping to see the same result for Christian Ponder now that Harvin is gone…buuuuutt….

  64. phinfan says: May 9, 2013 6:48 PM

    Could it be because you won’t keep your mouth shut?

  65. thisonesforpat says: May 9, 2013 6:53 PM

    On the other hand, it’s a question I’ve wanted asked and answered for a long time.

    More importantly, or at least as a follow up, “why do you think that’s true, Tiki?”

  66. dietrich43 says: May 9, 2013 6:54 PM

    I just imagine Tiki stomping his feet and crying like a toddler, “why doesnt anyone like me?”

  67. bigbwoy000 says: May 9, 2013 7:18 PM


    I cannot disagree the guy was a great player that walked away when he had another 3 years of very high performance in him. And yes he was the best offensive weapon we had for a 4-5 years. I for one, although despicable, am not judging him on the intern/wife thing. One never knows what goes on between married couples.

    The thing with Tiki is, Tiki has a way of being patronizing even when he’s sleeping. He just always seems like he’s just being tolerant of whomever is in front of him. Just a dislikable quality about him & the way he carries himself has a lot to do with it. Watch a tape of how he spoke about Eli, there are plenty of ways to say something, Tiki went out of his way to be snide, to try & embarrass Eli. It wasn’t just a statement, it was a scoffing indictment. Tiki was blatant with his intent. It just wasn’t an ex-player giving us a look inside a locker room, it was meant to be almost mean in nature. Tiki did this to try & further divide what he believed was a divided locker room. It was an calculated attempt sabotage his ex-team, his coach & QB.

    It was at that moment my opinion & most G-man fans opinion changed about Tiki forever. He became an outsider when he did that. It’s one thing to give your opinion as Amani is doing, it’s quite another to go out of your way to intentionally embarrass & undermine your ex-teammate’s authority to try & blow the thing up.

  68. justintuckrule says: May 9, 2013 7:23 PM

    Generally, here’s why Tiki is hated:

    1) “Quit on his team”. Like tons of players before him, he announced he’d retire in mid-season. Bettis and Ray Lewis did this exact thing. Next…

    2) “Threw his teammates under the bus”. For starters, he didn’t say anything we already didn’t know about Eli. In any event, there’s a handful of ex-players that are making a living doing this very thing. Amani Toomer (love him) but he’s way worse than Tiki. Rodney Harrison, Sapp. As fans, wouldn’t we rather have this insight? Next..

    3) “Cheat on pregnant wife”. I know for a fact that they were basically separated for many months before this came out. Second, is this worse than what some of our other heroes have done? LT (sex with minors). Roethlisberger? Dante Stallworth??

    This is basically it. Since he’s been a punching bag so long, you people can’t separate what’s been said from the type of player he was. The guy was a beast and, most years, was on a crap team. He never said boo. Just played his rear end off even though teams played the Giants 10 in the box those years. Took a beating, kept on ticking, didn’t miss games, nothing. Oh well. I guess whenever he comes back to NY, I’ll be the only one in the entire stadium giving him an ovation.

  69. psdaleno says: May 9, 2013 7:26 PM

    After failing to trick teacher by switching places. TIKI: “aww…how did u guess we switched?” TEACHER: “easy..Ronde is nice and ur an ass!”

  70. punksinplay says: May 9, 2013 8:38 PM

    The problem with Tiki is that’s it’s always about Tiki, all the time. BTW how smarmy did he get with Jenna Wolf while covering the olympics? Why don’t people like him? You have to be kidding me.

  71. kingcarlbanks says: May 9, 2013 9:32 PM

    As a football player Tiki was a beast. He carried the Giants offense on his back and dispute the fumbles early in his career, will always be one of my favorite Giants players. That being said, as a person I can’t stand the man. He tried to build his TV cred on the back of his ex teammates, which is a no-no. Even though you are now in TV, show love for where you came from, like Michael, Jerome and Rodney. His lack of loyalty is what killed his rep in NY. The intern crap was just the final nail in his coffin. If he showed some genuine remorse I’m sure Giants fan would embrace him. But admitting he is wrong isn’t in Tikis nature.

  72. peakhype says: May 10, 2013 1:27 AM

    Darin Gantt, was this article as fun to write as it was to read?

  73. txnative61 says: May 10, 2013 5:14 AM

    Gee Tiki, really hard to say for sure, but your personality began to change when you bulked up to compete at running back. I needed speed and quickness, not bulk so—you know, I never needed roids or anything. And you know everybody slows down or gets injured, but playing smarter just seemed better than roids to extend my career, so I really just lucked out. There’s nothing to those Steroid profiles guy—you’re just being paranoid. Hey you’ve got a beautiful family, I love your kids like they were my own, relax, count your blessings. Well, no, my money is tied up, can’t help with the support just now, but things will look up—-you’re the number 1 brother, after all.

  74. vman0626 says: May 10, 2013 5:56 AM

    no. not at all. tiki is the one who threw tom coughlin under the bus after a playoff loss to carolina; who publicly derided eli in his first two seasons; and also after retirement saying his leadership skills were “laughable’; who fought with strahan and keith hamilton; who complained he didn’t get the ball enough; who also after retirement claimed coughlin misused his skills and abilities.

    he is a putz.

  75. GenXJay says: May 10, 2013 6:07 AM

    Hurt Feelings Report filed by Tiki.

  76. mobuccsfan says: May 10, 2013 7:30 AM

    Tiki had a pretty solid career–he just totally stunk it up after football–IMO. His off-field issues (pregnant wife/intern fiasco) and his commentary to an extent about his past teammates, etc is why people can’t stand him.

  77. agc99 says: May 12, 2013 9:15 PM

    Tiki knows why people don’t like him.

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