The Republican nominee from Georgia for the U.S. Senate, Herschel Walker revealed that he has two more secret children adding to the one previously unknown child he admitted to earlier his week.
On Tuesday, the Daily Beast reported that Walker has a 10-year-old son and he hasn’t played an active role in his life. The boy’s mother sued Walker in 2014 in order to obtain a declaration of paternity and child support.
Walker later revealed that he has a 13-year-old son with a different mother, and a now-adult daughter who he had when he was about 20 years old and a star running back on the University of Georgia football team.
Until this week, Walker has only ever publicly acknowledge his 22-year-old son Christian Walker.
In a statement released by his campaign Thursday, Walker claimed he had not told voters about his other children because it would expose them to unwanted attention during a political campaign.
“I have four children. Three sons and a daughter,” Walker said in the statement. “They’re not ‘undisclosed’ — they’re my kids. I support them all and love them all. I’ve never denied my children, I confirmed this when I was appointed to the President’s Council on Sports Fitness & Nutrition. I just chose not to use them as props to win a political campaign. What parent would want their child involved in garbage, gutter politics like this?”
He continued: “Saying I hide my children because I don’t discuss them with reporters to win a campaign? That’s outrageous. I can take the heat, that’s politics – but leave my kids alone.“
Walker has attacked absent Black fathers in the past saying it is “a major major problem” in an interview in 2020.
“I want to apologize to the African American community because the fatherless home is a major, major problem,” he said.
“If you have a child with a woman, even if you have to leave that woman — even if you have to leave that woman — you don’t leave that child,” Walker said in an interview in 2021. “The father leaves in the Black family. He leaves the boys alone so they’ll be raised by their mom.”
This news comes as Walker is facing criticisms for lies told in the past. On Monday the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Walker lied about being a law enforcement officer. He claimed he worked with the Cobb County, Georgia police, and also claimed to have been an FBI agent.
Cobb County police reported having no record of involvement with him, and that the FBI did not respond to questions about Walker.