Herschel Walker, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, faces another controversy over claims he’s made. The former NFL player’s charitable donations are now in question.
According to The New York Times, Renaissance Man Food Services, a food distribution center founded by Walker, claimed to donate a portion of its proceeds to four non-profit organizations. However, at least two of the organizations claim they never received any donation.
PE4Life Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America reportedly said they are unaware of donations from Walker or Renaissance Man Food Services. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society said they received $860 from Walker in 2005, $1,000 from RMSF in 2006, and just $25 from Renaissance Man Food Services in 2009. The third non-profit, the Special Olympics, declined to comment publicly.
Walker is attempting to unseat incumbent Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. A recent Marist Poll showed Warnock with 47% support among registered voters in Georgia, while Walker trailed with just 42% support.
This is one of many controversial moments for the Trump-endorsed candidate. Last week, he went viral for saying, “I'm not that smart” while talking to reporters and also predicted that Warnock would “embarrass” him at their Oct. 14 debate. Other moments have included bizarre remarks about climate change and lying about graduating from the University of Georgia in the top one percent of his class (Walker never graduated from the University of Georgia). His stance on abortion, for which he supports a total ban with no exceptions. As for gun control, Walker seemed to propose a governmental agency to monitor “young men that’s looking at women that looking at social media.” Walker has also attacked fatherlessness in the Black community, although he reportedly lied to his campaign about his “secret” children and was forced to admit to being the father of four, when he had publicly claimed just one child. News reports threatened to make public the existence of at least two of Walker’s children, compelling the candidate to speak out.