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Tiki Barber denies cheating claims

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Tiki Barber denies affair

Tiki Barber says he didn't cheat on his pregnant wife and painting him as the bad guy is unfair.

Tiki Barber denies affair

The Today correspondent announced his split from wife Ginny earlier this year. Ginny was eight months pregnant at the time -- with twins. Word immediately spread that the reason behind the separation was one Miss Traci Lynn Johnson, Barber's assistant and a former NBC intern.

In fact, we hear that Ginny kicked Tiki out of the house when she found out about the fling!

But Tiki Barber is sticking by the man-caught-cheating rule: Deny, deny, deny.

"We were only friends when I was still married," Tiki told Entertainment Tonight. "I was separated, out of my house so it wasn't until then that we took things to the next level."

Traci, who appeared on the show at Tiki's side, added, "Tiki and I were romantically involved when he was separated, and plenty of people who are separated have boyfriends and girlfriends."

Mmm hmm. Traci accompanied Tiki Barber to the Olympics, to Africa and sat next to him at a Travel Channel documentary screening, looking much like a date -- all months before the couple's separation.

Said Tiki, whose soon-to-be ex-wife Ginny gave birth to his twin girls in May: "I'm just a normal guy who had a job that people cared about and maybe there is a standard to live up to that, but it's a hard one -- for anyone."

Is not cheating on your pregnant wife who is already mother to your two other sons really that hard of a standard to live up to?

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