WATCH: Former Giants RB Tiki Barber Gets Emotional Defending Team Against Allegations of Racism Made By Brian Flores

All-time great Giants running back Tiki Barber chimed in on the allegations of racism hurled at the organization by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and defended the team by retelling an emotional story from his time as a player.

Barber recounted a story on WFAN's "Tiki and Tierney" where he was personally invited to give his departing sentiments to former New York Giants owner and general manager Wellington Mara as he laid in his final moments; prior to succumbing to lymphoma in 2005.

Despite having expressed past criticisms on the organization and legacy Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Barber refused to follow Flores' claims of racism against his former team after remembering the ownership's evident respect for all of their players.

"Wellington Mara, who brought me to the Giants, passed away and we knew it was gonna happen," Barber started.

"And when Wellington Mara passed away, Ronnie Barnes — who's Black, by the way — called me and said, 'The Mara's would like for you to come up to Westchester so you can say goodbye to Wellington.'"

"I get emotional thinking about this because why me?" Barber asked. "I went to his bedside and I told him, 'Thank you for making me a Giant.'"


"They embraced me like I was family."

"When I say I don't believe they're racist, it's because I know they're not," Barber said, pushing back against Flores' claims and a caller's baiting question on the Giants being racist.

As relayed by OutKick's Armando Salguero, "Flores claims the NFL 'is racially segregated and is managed much like a plantation,'" per the 58-page lawsuit submitted this week.

"It's frustrating to me that the Giants are getting this rap because I don't think that's the case," Barber admitted.

Check out OutKick founder Clay Travis' appearance on Fox News where he discussed the Brian Flores situation.

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