Naturally, there are more sordid rumors swirling about ex-Giants star Tiki Barber's affair with a 23-year-old former NBC intern—for whom he just dumped his 8-months-pregnant wife. The Post is valiantly leading the charge, with all sorts of anonymous sources alleging and denying all sorts of sleazy things. One source who knew his young mistress, Traci Johnson, when she attended Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, provided this prurient little nugget to the tabloid of record:
One night, he sneaked into her dorm and stayed over the night. The next day, Traci didn't want to let him out of her room to use the bathroom because she was worried someone would see him and catch them. Traci said that she didn't expect him to leave his wife, and that [Ginny] was so pretty.
This is the kind of story that makes you glad to be a nobody. A neighbor of the Johnson family in upstate Pine Bush says, "I heard from [Traci's father] Ernie that Traci baby-sat for Tiki, and he put in a word for her at the 'Today' show. I said, 'Wow!' " But a source "close to Barber" denies that Barber was romantically involved with Johnson while she was in college, insists that Barber did not got her the internship, and claims Johnson never babysat for Barber's kids. "They're just nauseating lies," says one of Barber's business partner.
And yet another anonymous rumor-mongering source tells the Post that "while she was interning at the 'Today' show, Traci's direct boss, a producer, noticed that she was going out for lunch with Tiki. Traci's boss told her, 'What do you think you're doing? You're just an intern. I don't want you going out to lunch with him in public.'" But perhaps the most plausible rumor of all is that Johnson is "a wild party girl, and is often out all night with all her girlfriends. When they go out for dinners he takes care of it. And she tells everyone he pays her rent. He seems pretty hooked by Traci. She knows it, and is making the most of it."