Herschel Walker, who criticizes fatherless families, admits to separating his son

Herschel Walker, a Trump-backed Georgia Senate candidate, a Republican who has frequently lamented the damage caused by fatherless households, recently revealed he has a second son, who until now has not been in the public eye .

The recognition came in response to an exclusive report broken by The daily beastin which the outlet revealed how the NFL superstar had a 10-year-old son with a woman who sued Mr Walker for paternity in order to receive child support a year after the child was born.

The names of the mother and son were withheld by the outlet to protect their privacy, but they revealed the paternity case was not resolved until August 2014, when the child was 2 years old.

In the spring, the former Heisman Trophy winner secured the GOP Senate nomination and is now tasked with taking on Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock midterm in November.

Throughout his primary campaign and in other public speeches, Mr Walker cited his relationship with his other son, Christian, 22, bolstering his image as a family values ​​politician, while simultaneously calling out fatherless households, especially within the Black community.

In a controversial September 2020 interview, the soccer star-turned-Republican politician said, “I want to apologize to the African-American community because the fatherless household is a major issue.”

More recently, the Georgian politician told American right-wing bloggers Diamond and Silk in a 2021 interview that “if you have a child with a woman, even if you have to leave that woman… you don’t leave the child.” .

“The father leaves in the Black family. He leaves the boys alone to be raised by their mothers,” Mr Walker said before making a controversial comparison with the dynamic not too dissimilar to the separations that took place during the time of the slavery.

Mr Walker, who co-parented his 22-year-old son with his ex-wife, Cindy Grossman, alongside his current wife, Julie Blanchard, boasted of being a good father throughout his years in the light public. In a interview 2019he is said to have said that outside of football, being a good father was his greatest achievement.

Representatives of Mr. Herschel responded to questions from The Independent citing a statement from his campaign manager, Scott Paradise, who said the Senate candidate was being treated with a “double standard” because his opponent, Mr Warnock, was facing his own custody battles.

“Herschel had a child years ago when he was unmarried. He supported the child and continues to do so. He is proud of his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the child because he did not use him in his political campaign is offensive and absurd,” Mr. Paradise said in an emailed statement.

“Raphael Warnock is currently engaged in both an ugly smear campaign and an ugly custody dispute with his ex-wife. He dodged voters by sealing the deal and even tried to dodge authorities,” he added, referring to the custody dispute the Democratic Senate candidate is embroiled in with his ex-wife where she has asked for child support payments to be reassessed since her ex-husband’s salary has increased since he took office last year.

Before the midterms, Mr Walker’s first wife advanced allegations that the Georgia Senate hoped to be ‘physically abusive’, saying that on one occasion he threatened to ‘blow out’ her brains out and had subsequently received a protective order against her. ex-husband, leading a judge to temporarily revoke Mr. Walker’s right to carry a firearm, the Associated Press reported.

For his part, Mr Walker has said in recent interviews that he was ‘responsible’ for his previous alleged violent actions against his ex-wife, and that others should not be ‘ashamed’ of having to do so. faced issues regarding their mental health, but he did not. t go into detail about those conversations and maintained that he never broke the law.

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