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Tiki Barber Compares Self To Anne Frank; Neutral Milk Hotel Unavailable For Comment

If you were hoping for the Tiki Barber comeback train to stop in St. Louis, where he could help the Rams forcibly remove Steven Jackson from at least a carry or two a night, it just got—well, easier, and then harder, as Barber made himself even more of a pariah by describing moving into his agent's house as "a reverse Anne Frank thing." Look: Barber isn't actually being a terrible person here; at a stand-up club you wouldn't bat your eyelashes at the comparison. But I have something to offer for current and former athletes—just a simple word of advice:

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Never compare yourself to anyone who has had a difficult life. Especially if that difficult life was related to their race or ethnicity. People don't want to hear from Tiki Barber, who left his pregnant wife to be with a woman 10 years older than Anne Frank, anything resembling a cry for sympathy. 

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I'm not sure anyone's managed to give away this much public goodwill after his retirement since Kirby Puckett gave it a shot. Since Puckett didn't try to make a comeback this could get even more interesting in the future. (Kind of like how the diary of Anne Frank got more interesting in the future, when we needed first-hand accounts of the attempted extermination of a people.)

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