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Traci Lynn Johnson, Tiki Barber Sex Scandal: Former Giant, Babysitter Had Affair For Two Years

First Posted: 06/08/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

Traci Lynn Johnson Tiki Barber

The hits just keep on coming for former New York Giants star Tiki Barber.

Just days after it was first announced that Barber's marriage to his wife Ginny was over, it was revealed that the football great had taken up with a 23-year-old former NBC intern who had babysat the couple's twins.

Now comes word that the relationship was more than a mere casual affair, instead painting Barber as a lovesick cheater who lavished his mistress with gifts for at least two years.

Barber met Traci Lynn Johnson while she was still just an underage college student, but that reportedly didn't stop him from sending expensive presents, meeting her friends, and even staying over in her dorm room.

A source tells the New York Post, "On her 21st birthday, he sent her 21 dozen roses to her dorm. He also gave her a diamond and sapphire bracelet."

Despite Johnson having a boyfriend, and of course Barber having a wife and family, the couple brazenly met in public and would have lunch together at 30 Rock, where NBC headquarters is located.

The whole affair was a "Tiki" time bomb waiting to blow up in their faces.

Johnson, who Barber brought along to the Olympics and referred to as his "assistant", was not shy about publicizing their relationship.

The pretty blonde could be seen toting around a tiny white dog Barber allegedly bought for her, and told friends that the former running back was paying her rent (a claim sources close to Barber deny).

Johnson even did her senior project on Barber's line of children books, having him come to Mount St. Mary to speak and dine with students and faculty. Another attendee at the dinner was Johnson's then-boyfriend.

Johnson's family was aware that the two knew each other, and believed that Barber had innocently written a letter of recommendation for Traci Lynn for the NBC gig in 2007.

Johnson's aunt also confirmed that the family believed she was taking care of Barber's two young sons.

And while Johnson is living the high life, jet setting around the country with Barber, getting Louis Vuitton handbags and upscale dinners, her parents are suffering financially, having lost their home in Pine Bush to foreclosure just this year.

Barber, for his part, has since moved out of the Upper East Side home he shared with his 8-months pregnant wife and two sons.

And unfortunately for him, his home life isn't the only thing in shambles.

The man who quit football for a media career is having a hard time staying on air.

After being sidelined as contributor on the "Today" show, Barber reportedly tried to jump ship and return to Fox News' "Fox & Friends," a show he worked on from 2005-2007.

The cable news channel wasn't hearing it, as "he was not perceived as a hot commodity after he left the Giants."


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Filed by David Weiner  |