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This Has Been a Bad Week for Herschel Walker

Jun 16, 2022

Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker continues to prove that he is not ready to serve the people of Georgia in the U.S. Senate. This week, yet another series of stories dropped about the bizarre and contradictory claims Walker has made in the past, including lying about being a member of law enforcement, about his business record, and revelations that Walker has at least three secret children he’s never publicly revealed, despite publicly railing against absentee fathers.

It’s clear Walker isn’t being truthful about who he is and what his background is, and cannot be trusted to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

See below for a roundup of Herschel Walker’s bizarre lies this week:

  • Daily Beast: Herschel Walker, Critic of Absentee Dads, Admits to Yet ANOTHER Secret Son

    • A day after The Daily Beast broke the news that Herschel Walker had a secret 10-year-old son he fathered out of wedlock, the football star-turned-politician confirmed late Wednesday night that he has yet another son with a different woman that the public doesn’t know about—as well as a daughter that he had in college.

    • The revelations come in the middle of Walker’s competitive race to unseat Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and after many public comments Walker has made about absent fathers in the Black community.

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Herschel Walker said he worked in law enforcement — he didn’t

    • “I worked for law enforcement, y’all didn’t know that either?” he said. “I spent time at Quantico at the FBI training school. Y’all didn’t know I was an agent?”

    • “I work with the Cobb County Police Department, and I’ve been in criminal justice all my life,” he said in 2017.

    • The claims, which appear to have halted since he entered the U.S. Senate race, aren’t true.

    • The Cobb County Police Department said it had no record of involvement with Walker.

    • Walker’s FBI claim is a little tougher to pin down. Walker is not an agent — that would require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and Walker left UGA before earning his degree.

  • NY Times: The Strange Tale of Herschel Walker and the Chicken Empire That Wasn’t

    • “I didn’t have a company, but I stayed in a Renaissance Hotel a couple of days before, so I named my company Renaissance Man Food Services, and they put it in the contract,” Walker said at a campaign event in Georgia on May 20, one of several times he has told versions of this story in public.

    • But Walker had already been a partner in a business venture called Renaissance Man Inc. — a failed effort begun five years earlier to sell health drinks in Walmart stores. That venture grew out of a friendship with the owner of a company with a remarkably similar name: Renaissance Manufacturing, a family-run textile business in South Carolina that traces its lineage back five generations.

    • But Walker’s origin story about his food-services company fits a pattern of exaggerations, half-truths and outright falsehoods that dates back to at least the 1990s.

    • Many aspects of Walker’s biography, however, have collapsed under closer scrutiny. On Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Walker has repeatedly claimed he “worked in law enforcement,” when in fact he hasn’t.

    • The origin of the name isn’t the only inexplicable statement Walker has made about his poultry company.

    • In an interview with Fox Business in 2018, Walker said that Renaissance Man Food Services was “the largest minority-owned chicken business in the United States,” which was not true.

    • He also said it was “essentially a mini Tyson Foods” with “over 600 employees.” Two years later, in an interview with Scott Murray, a sports broadcaster in Dallas, Walker said the company had “about 800 employees.”

    • But in April 2020, Renaissance Man Food Services listed just eight employees on a loan application for the Paycheck Protection Program, the coronavirus-era relief program.