While it appears that former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has made the transition from football player to annoying guy on television pretty smoothly, it appears there are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out. While Barber was on the gridiron, when a linebacker would insult him on the field after a play, Tiki could turn to him and say whatever he wanted back.
That’s not how things work on television, though, and something Tiki said to his MSNBC colleague Jenna Wolfe has gotten him in some trouble. Apparently Tiki doesn’t like Wolfe all that much, and he let her know about it on air. Whether he did it on accident, or on purpose, it’s pretty obvious Tiki called Jenna a “total medal count.” Except take the “o” out of “count.” See the video after the jump.
Hmmm, that sounded pretty obvious to me. For his part, Tiki says he never called Jenna a word that rhymes with runt. From NEWSDAY’s WATCHDOG:
“I would never disrespect a colleague and friend with that kind of language,’’ Barber said from Beijing through an MSNBC spokeswoman, who said Barber had no idea of a budding controversy until she informed him of it.
“It’s disappointing someone would intentionally misrepresent the hard work Jenna and I are doing.’’ Barber and Wolfe co-host “Olympic Wrap-up’’ from 5 to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
Well, that’s all well and good, but I’m not really buying it. If he didn’t mean to call her a word that rhymes with bunt, then why did he start the sentence with “You’re a total medal [word that rhymes with stunt]?” Was he going to call her a total medal count?
What the hell does that even mean? “You, ma’am, are a total of three different kinds of orb shaped medallions, typically made out of the metals gold, silver, and bronze.” Oooh, burn. That’s the type of insult there just is no comeback to.
I can’t wait for Sunday Night Football to start so Tiki can call Peter King a fat tee.