Former NFL running back Herschel Walker is in the news once again for his comments over the protests at the Tokyo Olympics.
The football legend has never been shy about sharing his feelings on controversial topics. He is a well-known supporter of former President Donald Trump and has long criticized some of today’s athletes for protesting the American flag and kneeling before games. That same conversation sparked a response from Walker once again after spectators watched Olympic athletes do the same thing in Tokyo.
Walker explained his thoughts in an exclusive interview with Fox News.
“People think I’m very harsh when I say this,” Walker began. “This is the United States of America, and if people don’t like the rules here — and there’s no doubt we can make some things better — but if people don’t like the rules here, why are you here?”
Not many people know that Walker actually participated in the 1992 Olympics. He was a part of the United State’s two-man bobsled racing team. It was clear that he was excited to represent the USA on the brightest stage in the world. He later called his Olympic experience “one of the proudest moments” of his life, “coming from South Georgia and representing the United States.”
“When I started seeing the United States flag and started seeing the people, the uniform, all my teammates from all different sports coming into that stadium — it almost brought a tear to my eye when I started thinking of where I grew up as a boy in my little hometown,” Walker emotionally recalled. “And now having the chance to represent the United States of America. I couldn’t have been more proud of anything.”
Herschel Walker Says Athletes Have the Right to Protest Even If He ‘Doesn’t Agree With It’
Back in 1992, not only was Herschel Walker one of the only black athletes to compete in bobsledding, he was one of the only black athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in general. He says that he was proud nonetheless.
“All of my brothers and sisters were White, but I was [more proud] than anything. I would’ve died for that group over in France if I had to,” Walker said regarding his USA bobsled teammates. “[They were] my family. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I grew up in South Georgia — never, never could have dreamed of anything like that.”
But Walker doesn’t believe that one of the biggest stages in the world — the Olympics — is the right time or place to protest. He believes there are athletes in other countries who would gladly come to the United States if they were afforded the chance.
“It’s very sad to me because in any other country… I can promise you… they would not be representing that country,” he said. “I totally disagree with it, but they have the right to do it, even though I think it’s wrong. We have to have leaders that… are going to stand up and say the right thing. You can feel a certain way and I think that’s great, but this is the United States Olympics. I’m not sure that’s the time or place.”