Herschel Walker met Donald Trump in 1983 when the current president owned the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. Walker had been drafted No. 1 overall by the Generals, Trump bought the team and they became good friends over the last 37 years.
Walker, 58, said he considers it a “personal insult” when critics accuse Trump of racism. He argued that Trump’s public opposition to national anthem protests in professional sports leagues such as the NFL and NBA did not lessen his commitment to social justice issues.
“I have known Donald Trump for 37 years. And I don’t mean we just casually ran into each other from time to time. I’m talking about a deep personal friendship,” Walker said Monday night.
Walker said Trump learned everything bout the team, including all details of the coaches and players.
“I watched him as the owner of a professional football team. Right after he bought the team, he set out to learn. He learned about the history of the team, the players, the coaches. Every detail. Then he used what he learned to make the team better,” Walker said. “I watched him treat the janitors, security guards, and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP. He made them feel special because he knew they were. He understands that they are the people who make this country run. They clean. They cook. They build. They drive. They deliver. He told me, “Herschel, make an effort to get to know people. Remember their names.” That stuck with me.”
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