UGA Football Legend Herschel Walker On Racial Unrest In US
Former University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker has a message for protesters, politicians and everyone else who reacted negatively after George Floyd’s death on May 25.
“We are better than that, we’re better than that,” Walker said. “It is sad right now that we have this democratic-republic, and no one wants to get along.”
Walker, who won the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship playing for the 1980 Georgia Bulldogs, posted a seven-minute video on his Instagram account.
In the video, he said that he was upset and angry at the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, but was also saddened by the scenes of people rioting and looting in what he thought was supposed to be peaceful protests in cities across the United States including Atlanta.
“I don’t know what’s peaceful about it when you see people breaking into stores. You see people beating people up. You see people starting fires; those are crimes,” Walker said.
The former running back was also critical to celebrities and public figures who have offered financial contributions to help pay the bail for protestors in cities such as Minneapolis and Louisville.
“I’m not a lawyer, I’ve never played a lawyer on TV, but if you’re telling someone that it’s OK to commit a crime,” Walker said. "‘I’m going to pay for you.’ Is that not you contributing to that?”
Walker acknowledged that there are “a few bad apples” who are police officers but still support police departments saying that 99.9% of them are not bad. He also feels like it’s time for the U.S. to focus on “getting law and order” back in the country.
Walker also challenged Congress and the president because he feels that they have not done enough to respond to situations like what happened to Floyd and Arbery.
“I’m tired of hearing how we can’t get along (because) ‘I’m Democrat’ (or) ‘I’m Republican’ during these times,” said Walker. “Well, you know what you were voted into office to protect the people.”
Walker said he is willing to stand with police officers to help protect the U.S. and stand with protestors who demonstrate for what is peaceful and right. He asksed for every member of Congress as well as President Trump to step up and start finding solutions to bring justice for people like Floyd and Arbery.
“We’re at a standstill, and it is time for the American people to stand up," Walker said. "So, I ask every senator, I ask every congressman, and I ask the president, let’s stand up. I’m going to stand with you.”
Walker is not the only former Bulldog who has attracted attention for comments made related to the current racial tension people are feeling across the county.