Woody Johnson, 61, has multiple claims to fame. He is the owner of the New York Jets and is the Band-aid heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. He is also the father of two young sons with his current girlfriend Suzanne Ircha. In a strange twist, Johnson saw fit to include ex-girlfriend Erika Mariani in the drama of the couple’s latest birthing experience.
Woody and Suzanne, a former actress and equities specialist, have a two year old son Robert Wood Johnson V. The couple welcomed their second son this week and while still in the delivery room, Johnson somehow triggered his cell phone to dial up old flame Erika Mariani.
When Mariani played back the 10 minute voice-mail message, she heard Woody talking to medical personnel in the delivery room. She heard a baby crying lustily and also heard first hand that the new offspring will be named Jack. The New York Post Page Six quoted Erika as saying: “It was pretty surreal. I felt like I was in the room. I’m just glad I wasn’t the one giving birth.”
We’re just wondering why he still had his ex-girlfriend’s telephone number presumably on quick dial. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume it was just a fluke and not an ‘in your face’ stunt. This certainly gives new meaning to a play by play.
Johnson has three daughters with ex-wife Nancy Sale Johnson Rashad, who married former NFL football great and television sports commentator Ahmad Rashad last November. Check out that story here.
UPDATE: January 4, 2010: Johnson’s eldest daughter Casey was found dead in her Los Angeles home. Casey, who was openly gay, had a history of problems with drugs and in November 2009, she was arrested and charged with the grand theft of more than $200,000 worth of jewelry from an ex-girlfriend’s home.
Weeks later, Casey announced her engagement to reality TV star, Tila Tequila. The engagement was later found to be a publicity stunt by the women. In early 2009, Sale Johnson took custody of Casey’s young adopted daughter Ava, because Casey was living with the child, in squalor, and under the influence of drugs in her L.A. home. Woody Johnson and Sale ceased all financial assistance to Casey at that time, and Casey became estranged from both of her parents. See photos and full story here.
More family photos below. Special thanks to Erika Mariani, who was kind enough to send us a couple of hot pics for our post.