When asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity about the reported $700 check, Walker, who has expressed opposition to abortion rights, said he often gives money to others. “I send money to a lot of people,” Walker said. “I believe in being generous.”
The Washington Post has not independently verified the reporting in the Daily Beast. Walker did not respond to a text message from The Post seeking comment.
The Republican Senate candidate issued a written statement on Twitter referencing the Daily Beast story. “I vehemently deny this,” he said. In that statement, Walker also said he planned to “sue the Daily Beast.”
Walker is challenging Democratic Sen. Raphael G. Warnock in one of the most watched Senate contests of the year. The outcome of the race, which polls show is competitive, is expected to help determine which party controls the Senate for the next two years.
Shortly after the Daily Beast story was published, one of Walker’s children took to social media to criticize his father, accusing Walker of lying and saying the former football star threatened him and his mother with violence, forcing them to move several times.
“I know my mother and I would really appreciate it if my father Herschel Walker would stop lying and mocking us,” wrote Christian Walker.
Christian Walker has previously offered support for his father, tweeting a video last December of him hugging his father. “Had the honor of introducing my father, @HerschelWalker, last night at Mar a Lago,” wrote Christian Walker. The younger Walker has also used his Twitter account to promote conservative ideas.
On Monday night, Christian Walker claimed his father “threatened to kill us” and made him and his mother move six times in six months “to escape your violence”.
Christian Walker’s mother, Cindy Grossman, was married to Herschel Walker for nearly two decades and has previously spoken of violent episodes. Speaking to CNN, she described a time when he “held the gun to my temple and said he was going to blow my brains out.”
Walker has faced criticism for making false claims, as well as allegations of stalking and violent threats. He has said that he has struggled with dissociative identity disorder throughout his life.
Christian Walker also said other family members discouraged his father from running for office “because we all knew (some of) his past.”
“He decided to give us the middle finger and air all his dirty laundry in public while lying about it. I’m done,” Christian Walker wrote. He did not immediately respond to an email or direct message seeking further comment. .
Asked for comment on Christian Walker’s post, the Herschel Walker campaign pointed to a tweet from the candidate.
“I LOVE my son no matter what,” Herschel Walker wrote on Twitter shortly after his son’s messages were posted.
Walker, 60, one of the best-known figures in Georgia football history, won the Republican primary by a wide margin in May. He ran with former President Donald Trump’s endorsement and the name recognition of a national championship winner who wins the Heisman Trophy.