Herschel Walker has the type of experience that Republicans hope would catapult him to the U.S. Senate, where his presence might very well shift the balance of power in the fiercely divided body of Congress.
In addition to the allegations of domestic violence, physical threats, and stalking, Walker’s political ambitions have rekindled interest in his personal history. Some of those charges have been refuted by Walker. Dissociative identity disorder, or D.I.D., is a psychiatric disorder marked by some severe and potentially debilitating symptoms. Others he claims he does not remember.
As a longtime buddy and mentor of former President Trump, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is anticipated to easily win the Republican primary next week. If Walker wins the GOP nomination, some Republicans are concerned that these allegations could catch up with him in November, when he will likely face powerful Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, if Walker fails to effectively confront them now.
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Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan of Georgia, who has not endorsed a candidate in the primary, told ABC News’ “Nightline” that he believes Walker will have a greater chance of winning the general election if he tackles the issues raised by his history. It will be a tough day in Georgia in November if he doesn’t, and we’ll have to send another Democrat to represent us in the United States Senate.
A 2008 memoir, “Breaking Free,” and an interview with Bob Woodruff, in which he explained how his diagnosis had impacted his wife, was cited by his campaign in answer to concerns about his rehabilitation and his prior indiscretions.
“This is an obvious political hit job [eight] days before an election orchestrated by Herschel’s primary opponents who are failing to get any sort of traction. Voters will see through it. Herschel addressed these issues in detail with Bob Woodruff 14 years ago — he even wrote a book about it,” Mallory Blount, a spokesperson for the Walker campaign, told ABC News. “The same reporters who praised him for his courage are now trashing him because he is a Republican. It is shameful and is why good people don’t run for office.”
Walker, on the other hand, fails to address a number of claims made against him, some of which are supported by the available evidence, in his book. A gun-to-the-head charge against Walker, for example, went unmentioned.
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) October 20, 2021
No mention is made of the 2002 accusation that he pursued a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who had left him for another man. According to one lady who claimed to have been in an intimate relationship with Walker for quite some time prior to the publication of the book, he stalked and threatened her.
His detractors claim that he hasn’t addressed all of the claims. As a result, Walker’s rivals, including Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, have demanded an explanation for his absence from the primary debates.
“Georgia deserves to know the details,” Black told “Nightline.” “There’s a pattern of deflect, defer, run, hide, twist. It’s unacceptable for service in the United States Senate. In my opinion, I think most Georgians are going to agree.”
The Interview Was Breathtaking
With a Heisman Trophy and a decade in the National Football League to his name, Walker retired in 1997 after a stellar football career. As a high school and college athlete in Georgia, he is regarded as one of the greatest college football players in the state’s history.
The New Jersey Generals and Donald Trump, the team’s flamboyant owner, selected Walker with the first pick of the USFL draught in 1984. His most significant relationship began with this meeting.
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A reality television show called “Celebrity Apprentice” included Walker as a contestant in the early 2000s, and he later served as co-chair of Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. In addition, Trump has been credited with helping Walker land a profitable post-football career in the poultry industry and other businesses.
“Breaking Free,” Walker’s autobiography, claims that his mental health and 16-year marriage took a turn for the worst after his retirement from football. Many of his difficulties originated from a dissociative identity disorder as described by him in an interview with “Nightline” in 2008.
As many as 12 “alters” were claimed by the once-feared running back, who acknowledged violent inclinations and substantial memory gaps. He also claimed that his psyche had fragmented into multiple “alters.”
Walker told Woodruff in 2008, “It’s just personalities that can do different things for you.” “I told somebody once, you don’t want the Herschel that played football, you don’t want the Herschel that conducts business babysitting your child. You want a different person. When I’m competing, I’m a totally different person.”
In his memoir, Walker stated about an incident from 2001 in which he got “so angry” at someone who was late to deliver him a car that he was “consumed” by “the visceral enjoyment I’d get from seeing the small entry wound and the spray of brain tissue and blood — like a Fourth of July firework — exploding behind him.”
In his Mercedes, where he kept a Beretta pistol in the glove box, Walker drove to find the delivery man with “murder in his heart and mind.” However, he returned home after spotting a “SMILE. JESUS LOVES YOU” bumper sticker.
Walker’s ex-wife Cindy Grossman claimed that her ex-husband had threatened her with a weapon after they divorced.
‘He pulled a gun, and he put it to my temple,” Grossman told Woodruff back in 2008.
Put the gun to your temple, and what did he say?” Woodruff asked.
Grossman threatened to “blow your effin’ brains out.”
Walker claimed to have no memory of the incident reported by Grossman. Even while he didn’t deny it, admitting that he “probably did it,” he said he couldn’t address it because of the gaps in his memory that are characteristic of D.I.D.
Woodruff questioned Walker in 2008, “Do you not remember something like that because you think that was another alter?” or “Do you want to get out of talking about it?”
Despite Walker’s protests, “no” was the only answer. “I’m referring to everything else. “If I can recall it, I’ll be happy to discuss it.”
Grossman, on the other hand, was haunted by the terrible experience.
Walker “claims he doesn’t remember a lot of these facts,” Woodruff told Grossman in 2008.
“He may not,” Grossman replied. “But I certainly do.”
Some have argued that Walker’s diagnosis is a handy way to avoid accountability.
“It’s an excellent excuse to use if you’ve pointed a gun at somebody,” retired Atlanta Journal-Constitution politics editor Jim Galloway recently told The Washington Post. Says he: “That wasn’t me; somebody else did it.”
A restraining order against Walker was issued to Grossman in 2005 following their divorce in 2002. Additional allegations of Walker’s violent threats against Grossman and her then-boyfriend can be found in court papers linked to those proceedings.
It was noted that during an investigation of these claims, Walker “was quite cool but astonished” and hinted that someone was “creating allegations about him to help with future child custody battles.” Walker disputed the allegations in 2005. Questions regarding the event we’re not answered by Walker’s campaign.
Multiple attempts to reach Grossman for comment fell on deaf ears. Friends of Walker have cited the fact that she has given numerous interviews in favor of her husband’s health as proof that they are still on good terms.
#TeamHerschel supporters SHOWED UP at the Pike County GOP meeting tonight in Concord! 🇺🇸
1 WEEK before the primary! Last day to vote early is May 20. 🗳 pic.twitter.com/VUOjhBDgoQ
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) May 18, 2022
Cheerleaders who had been with the Dallas Cowboys for several years said to the police in 2002 that they saw Walker prowling around their homes and that he had threatened them and had their house observed the year before. An interview with a former cheerleader was not possible. For fear of “making the problem even worse,” she persuaded police in 2002 that they should not pursue Walker.
After she tried to break up with him, Myka Dean, who claimed to have had an on-again, off-again connection with him for over two decades, told police that Walker “lost it” and threatened to “seat outside her apartment and blow her head off when she came outside.”
Walker’s campaign sent a statement on behalf of Dean’s mother, who stated that she had no idea that Dean had made the accusations against her son, and that the family is “extremely proud of the man Herschel Walker has become.” As a Georgian, we admire him, pray for him, and hope we could vote him into the US Senate. The board of Walker’s company, Renaissance Man, Inc., also included Dean’s mother and stepfather.
“People can’t simply make up and pile on and say other things that’s not the truth,” said Walker, who has never been charged with a crime, in a statement to Axios in December of 2021. They expect me to speak on matters that they have concocted.”
A Complex Condition
As a child, Walker was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder. “I really didn’t know what it was,” he told in 2008.
Dr. Jerry Mungadze, a certified professional counselor in Bedford, Texas, initially diagnosed and mostly treated Walker. It is because of his crucial role in Walker’s journey to recovery that Mungadze contributed the preface to his memoir, in which Walker referred to him as “one of my dearest friends and certainly the most essential.”
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) May 16, 2022
Mungadze’s advocacy of unconventional or untested psychological theories and treatments has since raised issues about the care Walker may have gotten. “Mungadze played a major part in my rehabilitation process, which included both outpatient treatment in a Southern California hospital and a procedure allegedly designed by Mungadze himself,” wrote Walker in 2008.
As Walker stated, “Dr. Jerry explained his techniques and offered treatment for the part of me that I had never completely comprehended. “He said his treatment would focus on the whole person rather than the separate parts of personalities I created. He assured me it was possible to achieve emotional stability based upon the approach and methods he had developed.”
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Walker’s campaign and Mungadze’s office both declined to comment on the candidate’s treatment, despite numerous attempts to reach them for comment.
Since then, Walker has claimed that he has made a full recovery from the mental illness that had led him down the path of violence toward Grossman, according to Axios in December 2021.
“[I’m] better now than 99% of the people in America,” he said. “Just like I broke my leg; I put the cast on. It healed.”
Recovery from D.I.D., however, is not as simple as Walker would have you believe, and long-term treatment is sometimes required to control symptoms that can cause “impairment on work and social function,” according to one specialist.
In the case of Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, an Emory University professor of psychiatry and radiology who specializes in the treatment of severe trauma-related conditions, the goal for most patients would “be more management of symptoms and, in some cases, it can be eventual integration of personalities.”
That kind of recovery is not something that is normal in my experience,” Bremner said of Walker’s claim of full healing. “The treatment is long-term, so there are no quick fixes.”
Voters will have to rely on Walker’s earlier claims to determine the present stage of his recovery and whether or not he is still receiving treatment for his illness.
This is a problem that a lot of people may be having, but they’re afraid to admit it or they’re too ashamed,” Walker said in 2008. “I said I’m not ashamed, because guys, I’m human. I’m not anybody special. I’m just Herschel.”
The Republicans in Georgia will soon determine if it is enough for them. Stay tuned with us only on leedaily.com