Herschel Walker confirms he fathered a son previously not known to the public

Herschel Walker, the former star running back-turned-Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, confirmed a report Wednesday that he fathered a child whose existence was not previously known to the public.

The Daily Beast was the first outlet to report on Walker’s now-10-year-old son.

“The son, whose name The Daily Beast is withholding out of privacy concerns, has grown up more than 1,500 miles from Walker’s Texas home,” the outlet reported. “And the mother, whose name we are also withholding for privacy reasons, had to take Walker to court a year after giving birth in order to secure a declaration of paternity and child support.”

Citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the situation, The Daily Beast said Walker is not particularly close with the boy, who’s 12 years younger than Walker’s other son, Christian.

“That person told The Daily Beast that while Walker sends Christmas and birthday presents, he otherwise has not played an active parental role in raising his second son,” according to the outlet. “The child also has not met or spoken with his half-brother, Christian, the person said.”

While The Daily Beast did not identify the mother of Walker’s second son, it did reveal some details about her relationship with the former football star.

“According to a public document about the suit, Walker and the mother of his second son struck up a relationship on Nov. 1, 2008, lasting through Sept. 16, 2011, about nine months before the son was born,” the outlet said. “It’s unclear why the relationship ended.”

The Daily Beast and other outlets tried to portray Walker as an absent father. But in a statement, the Senate candidate’s campaign manager said that’s not the case.

“Herschel had a child years ago when he wasn’t married,” said the campaign manager, Scott Paradise.

“He’s supported the child and continues to do so. He’s proud of his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the child because he hasn’t used him in his political campaign is offensive and absurd.”

Prior to announcing his Senate run, Walker was best known for his football prowess.

The former University of Georgia Bulldog is generally considered to be one of the greatest college football players of all time.

Walker would go on to be selected to the Pro Bowl twice during his NFL career.