The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) slammed retired football player Tiki Barber on Sunday for comparing his experience of hiding from his wife to Anne Frank's plight, calling his comments “outrageous and perverse.”
In a recent Sports Illustrated profile, the former New York Giants running back compared hiding in his agent's attic from his pregnant wife after he left her, to the experience of the Dutch Holocaust victim, who hid in an Amsterdam attic for two years during WWII, until she was discovered by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp.
“Lep’s Jewish,” Barber said in the interview, referring to his agent, Mark Lepselter, “and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.”
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, slammed his comments as trivialization of the Holocaust that " continues to spread and finds new ways and expressions that shock the conscience."
" Tiki Barber’s personal behavior is his business. But our history and experiences are ours and deserve greater respect than being abused or perverted by Tiki Barber," Foxman said. " The analogy to Anne Frank is not funny, it is outrageous and perverse. Anne Frank was not hiding voluntarily. Before she perished at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, she hid from the Nazis for more than two years, fearing every day for her life. The Frank family’s experiences, as recorded in Anne’s dairy, are a unique testimonial to the horrors of the Holocaust, and her life should never be debased or degraded by insensitive and offensive analogies."
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