Hershel Walker: ‘Where’s My Freedom That I Don’t Want to Tear Down Statues,’ Defund Police, Riot or Destroy Stores?

Craig Bannister | July 6, 2020 | 12:42pm EDT
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“What about my freedom of speech? I want to be united as Americans. Congress and Senators... Can you hear me?” former NFL star running back Hershel Walker says in a new video denouncing Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the destruction wrought by its protesters.

In the video posted on his Twitter page, Walker says that he doesn’t want to tear down statues, defund the police or tear up businesses – and that the BLM protesters don’t speak for him or the people he knows:

“Hey, it’s Hershel here, working out.

“Hey, I was watching some kids – African-American and Caucasian kids play the other day – and I started thinking about their future. And, then I listened to a BLM protester who was speaking for the Black people.

“And, I said, ‘Wait a minute. He don’t speak for me. He don’t speak for a lot of other people that I know.’

“And I was watching all the people that are wanting to take over a city block and - and not just Black, there was Caucasian, there was all types of race there – and I said, ‘Wait a minute. They don’t speak for the people that I know.’”

Walker says he should have the freedom to speak out against BLM’s violence, destruction and demands to defund the police – and that Congress should listen:

“Where’s my freedom that I don’t want to tear down statues, I don’t want to defund the police, I don’t want to riot and tear people’s stores up?  

“I’m going to do it the right way.

“So, Congress, senators: where’s my freedom to speak? If you’re a leaker and you decide to leak information that’s not true: isn’t that like shouting ‘Fire!’ in a crowed building that you need to be punished?”

Walker won college football’s Heisman Trophy while attending the University of Georgia and went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL.

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