Herschel Walker’s Troubled Past Exposes As He Eyes Senate

Herschel Walker, on the surface, has an enviable profile for a future Georgia Senate contender. Before his lengthy NFL career, he was a football superstar at the University of Georgia. He owns a company whose chicken products may be seen in grocery stores all throughout the country. Plus, his old friend and former president Donald Trump are supporting this Black conservative.

However, a study by the Associated Press of hundreds of pages of public records related to Walker’s business enterprises and his divorce, including many that have not been disclosed before, provides new light on a stormy personal background that might be a black eye for his Senate bid. Walker is accused of making credible threats against his ex-wife, as well as making extravagant financial claims and behaving erratically, according to the court filings.

Recently, Walker, who is now 59 years old, has been candid about his lifelong battle with mental illness, including his diagnosis with dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) in a book he published in 2008. Nonetheless, it is unclear how he will address these issues in his campaign.

Despite multiple attempts to get Walker’s side of the story, he has remained silent. The executive assistant said the emails were received, but there was no response.

Republicans see the Georgia Senate seat as crucial to their chances of retaking the Senate in the next midterm elections. The possibility of Walker running is unknown. With Donald Trump‘s backing, he has a good shot at winning the Republican nomination and facing up against Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock, who won a special election in January to become Georgia’s first Black senator. Republican officials in Washington and Georgia are worried that Walker’s past may catch up with him and sink his candidacy.

Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp recently claimed that Walker “definitely could bring a lot to the table.” “But, as others have shown, there are also many open questions.”

While Walker has not yet made any official announcements, he has been meeting with Georgia political advisors. The former Dallas Cowboys star was born in the little town of Wrightsville, Georgia, which is located between Atlanta and Savannah. He retired after the 1997 season and currently lives in Texas.

Last month, he posted a video to Twitter in which he revved the engine of a sports vehicle and said, “I’m getting ready, and we can run with the big dogs.” The license plate on the car showed that it was registered in Georgia.

The Twitter hint increased speculation that a famous person might run. However, it was also essential in bringing to light information about Walker’s turbulent past, most of which was first revealed in Walker’s own book, “Breaking Free,” published in 2008.

His story spans many years, beginning with his initial symptoms and ending with his 2001 diagnosis. Herschel Walker says he had to deal with as many as a dozen “alters,” or identities, that he created to protect himself from being bullied as a stuttering, overweight boy.

At the time, in an interview with the Associated Press, Walker stressed his desire to aid those suffering from similar conditions. People, he claimed, believe he writes only for financial gain. I’ve told them, “Guys, why would I write something like this to make money?”

Herschel Walker Eyes Senate
Herschel Walker Eyes Senate

Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by “alternating between numerous identities,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This condition causes “gaps in the recall of everyday experiences.” According to the article, “violent behavior rather than amnesia” is what men with this disease tend to display.

Walker admits to having violent thoughts in his book. He recalls sitting at his kitchen table in 1991, pointing a revolver with only one round at his head, and playing Russian roulette. “I basically looked at mortality as the ultimate challenge,” Walker said, clarifying that he had never considered taking his own life.

This book is set up as a redemptive tale. Through therapy and his Christian faith, he portrays himself as someone who is “integrating” and uses the word “cathartic” to characterize the experience.

An epiphany occurred in February 2001, when he was driving through Dallas suburbs looking for a man who, he claimed, was ignoring his calls because he was several days late delivering a car Walker had purchased.

“The rational part of me realized that what I was thinking of doing to this man — murdering him for messing up my schedule — wasn’t a feasible alternative,” Walker wrote. “But on the other hand, there was a part of me that was so furious that all I could think about was how good it would feel to get out of the car, grab the gun, flip the safety off, and fire the trigger.

Grossman claims she fell prey to Walker’s whims for quite some time. When his book came out, she told ABC News that her husband had threatened to “blow your F*ing brains out” at one point during their marriage. In her 2001 divorce petition, she claimed her husband had been “physically violent and extremely threatening.”

Grossman submitted an affidavit with a judge in Dallas County asking for an order of protection, claiming that Walker was unwilling to accept that his ex-wife was seeing someone else.

Grossman told the court that she received phone calls from her sister and father around that time from someone named Walker. According to Cindy Grossman’s sister, Maria Tsettos, her ex-husband threatened to kill both her and her current lover.

Tsettos stated in an affidavit that his ex-wife was out with her new lover when Walker called asking for her. Tsettos answered the phone and reported that Walker got “extremely menacing” after learning where Grossman was. According to Tsettos, Walker “said categorically that he was going to shoot my sister Cindy and her boyfriend in the head.”

Tsettos also claimed that she had another conversation with Walker after he made contact with her online. On December 9, 2005, he “stated to me that he was furious with (Cindy) and that he felt like he had ‘had enough and that he wanted to ‘blow their f——— heads off,'” she said.

Tsettos claims that he contacted her again two days later and used more ominous language to reaffirm the threats that he intended to carry out that day.

According to the petition for a restraining order, Walker confronted his ex-wife later that day while she was picking up their son from a party at a nearby mall.

Her account of Walker’s actions was that he “slowly drove past in his truck, aimed his finger at (her), and traced (her) with his finger as he drove.” A judge agreed and issued an injunction to prevent further harm. He also placed Walker on a temporary gun ban.

According to court documents, Walker’s irrational behavior has spread to his chicken business, which is now called Renaissance Man Food Services. The content of his book was shocking.

After Walker’s book came out, his main distributor pondered ending their business connection. Food distributor Sysco’s former poultry manager Kristin Caffey claimed that the book’s discoveries and Walker’s promotion of it caused “havoc” for the company.

According to Caffey, who worked closely with Walker, “we didn’t know that it was coming out and we were blindsided” in a 2019 deposition. She continued, “it was troublesome for us being connected with him at the time,” because “we had all kinds of people phoning in about it,” to which she had no answers. You can also read about Herschel Walker denying paying for his girlfriend’s abortion reports.

After the initial storm of bad press subsided, the corporation decided to keep Walker, Caffey said.

A more recent trend of Walker’s is his exaggerated boasting about his business accomplishments. During many appearances with the press, Walker boasted that his firm employed hundreds of employees, had a chicken processing section in Arkansas, and made between $70 million and $80 million in annual sales.

However, the company only had eight workers last year when it qualified for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan. (COVID-19 provided funding of around $182,000 for it.)

In a recent legal dispute, however, Walker provided much lower revenue estimates, saying that the company made roughly $1.5 million in annual profit from 2008 through 2017. At the same time, Walker’s business partners testified in the same lawsuit that he does not, in fact, own chicken processing plants. He was portrayed instead as a “licensing partner” who “lends his name to the organization,” much like the deals his friend Donald Trump has used to build up his own business for decades.

Walker’s leadership was documented in detail thanks to a wrongful termination case filed in 2018 by a friend and former manager of the company. Although the judge decided in favor of the employer, the emails, papers, and depositions in the case paint a picture of Walker as a volatile and unpredictable business partner.

According to the paperwork, Walker complained often that his business associates were attempting to defraud him. They also show that he had several disagreements with his coworkers due to his obsession with expanding the business into frozen waffles, which he saw as a promising new revenue stream.

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