Eli Manning: Tiki Barber Affair Is "Unfortunate"

Celebrity News Apr. 15, 2010 AT 9:23AM
Eli Manning: Tiki Barber Affair Is "Unfortunate" Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Eli Manning: Tiki Barber Affair Is "Unfortunate" Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Ex-NFL star and Today Show correspondent Tiki Barber has been in recent headlines for all the wrong reasons -- and it hasn't gone unnoticed by his colleagues Eli Manning and Al Roker.

"It's unfortunate," Manning told UsMagazine.com of his former New York Giants teammate at Tuesday's G Series Pro Event at a private loft in New York. Last week, Barber, 35, announced that he and pregnant wife Ginny Cha were separating after 11 years amidst reports of his extended affair with 23-year-old Traci Lynn Johnson, a former NBC intern who once babysat his sons.

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"I feel bad for Ginny and what she's going through," the Giants quarterback added. "It's an unfortunate situation."

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Barber's Today Show coworker Roker was also crestfallen. "There were children involved," Roker told Us at Wednesday's City Harvest gala at Manhattan's Cipriani. "And it's family and they can work all that out."

Cha and Barber were high school sweethearts and have two sons aged 6 and 7; Cha expects to give birth to their twins imminently.

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A source says in the new issue of Us Weekly that Barber was brazenly open with his mistress at the Vancouver Olympics. "He introduced Traci as his girlfriend...They were acting like a couple -- kissing and holding hands."

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