Tiki Barber: Giants' Barber Not Only NFL Player to Use Anne Frank's Name in Vain
Tiki Barber Causes Uproar with Latest Anne Frank Reference by an NFL Player
Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber recently caused widespread uproar after a reference about Anne Frank in a recent Sports Illustrated article.
Detailing his life after he left his pregnant wife, Ginny, for 23-year-old NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson, Barber told Sports Illustrated's L. Jon Wertheim that he used to hide out in his agent Mark Lepselter's attic to escape the media.
But he probably could have compared himself to someone other than a teenage Holocaust survivor.
Said Barber, via SI.com:
"Lep's Jewish, and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.”
Lost in all of this is that the article was actually relatively positive. How quickly one Anne Frank reference can change things.
Of course, this isn't new for NFL players to blurt out Anne Frank's name in vain.
Last season, the Dolphins' Channing Crowder went off post-game style when Baltimore Ravens running back Le'Ron McClain apparently spit in his face and wasn't penalized by officials.
Said Crowder, via Yahoo! Sports, "Yeah, a little Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank."
Asked by reporters what he meant by comparing officials to Frank, Crowder replied:
"Who was that? Is that the blind girl? Helen Keller ... I don't know who the [expletive] Anne Frank is. I'm mad right now."
Since when is Anne Frank a name people just throw around?
Is this common lingo around the league?
The NBA is trying to curtail gay slurs after Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah's outbursts on national TV this season.
Maybe it's time the NFL enacted a policy against Anne Frank slurs.
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