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April 14, 2008

Herschel Walker to Reveal More Personality Disorder Details Tonight on Nightline

ESPN is reporting that Herschel Walker will appear on ABC Nightline tonight at approximately 11:35 pm to discuss the details of his multiple personality disorder within the context of his book "Breaking Free."

Update: Video from Nightline web site. It's a 4 page article. More video here.

The ESPN article reveals some horrifying stuff about attempted suicide and other violent behavior. From Herschel:
After his retirement from football in 1997, Walker said the disorder began to overwhelm him. At one point, while sitting in his kitchen, he said he played Russian roulette with a loaded pistol.

"To challenge death like I was doing, you start saying, there's a problem here," Walker told Woodruff.
From his ex-wife
Walker and his ex-wife, Cindy Grossman, were married for 16 years before she knew about his illness, she said.

"Well, now it makes perfect sense, because each personality has a different interest," Grossman told "Nightline". "This one has an interest in ballet, this one has an interest in the Marines, this one had an interest [in the] FBI, this one had an interest in sports.

"There was also a very sweet, lovable [personality]. That's the one he told me I married. He told me I didn't marry Herschel," said Grossman, who later in the interview recalled a conversation with Walker, "and the next thing I knew, he just kind of raged and he got a gun and put it to my temple."
It isn't news that Herschel says he has/had a personality disorder. We've known about the book and this "revelation" for a few months. I had privately blown this off as a B.S. attempt to sell books. That's the primary reason that I haven't promoted any of his book signings...despite multiple emails asking me to do so by various book stores and publicity types.

I mean if your dad, ex-football coach and everyone that knows you says they lack any knowledge of your problem, then is it really...real? Far be it for me to criticize a UGA legend if he's trying to make a buck. So I said nothing about the book on this site.

But to hear him talk about suicide attempts and to see his ex-wife vouch for his makes it more real. And it makes it Must See TV for me tonight.



Anonymous said...

It's strange to hear from The Man that he's got such an extreme problem. Everything I know about Hershel tells me to believe him. I don't believe that he'd do this to sell books, nothing he's ever done ever suggested that he's that type of publicity hound. I presume he doesn't need money - otherwise he'd live here and do endless endorsement stuff all over the state and make gobs of money at that. Why make up something this drastic for money/attention? We'd give him that in spades if he'd let us.

I can't make anything of it except that it must be true.

Paul Westerdawg said...

Anon - That's what I don't get. Why would he make it up?

My brother and I were just talking. Maybe he's crazy. Maybe he ain't. But his doc sure comes off as odd.

You can be what i call "walking around crazy" (varieties of flavors of that) and that could be the reason you make up the other stuff.

Hell man, I don't know.

But his ex-wife doesn't sound like she's making stuff up, and she certainly has no reason to support his story.

The whole thing is bat sh*t crazy.

Anonymous said...

Paul - if you check into the doctor that "diagnosed" Herschel you will see he has a history of deceptive practices and is not accredited.

I don't believe Herschel is doing this to sell books. He's a VERY succssful businessman who doesn't need the cash. I do believe he may have been duped, like many others, by this witch doctor though.

Multiple Personality Disorder is considered a load of crap in the psychiatric community.

It just makes me sick to think that this fraud of a doc will profit off Herschel and that Herschel has been led to believe this is the answer to some dark periods in his life.

carter said...

Herschel is about to have 5 minutes on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption."

skidawg1985 said...

Please offer some support for the claims against Jerry Mungadze. Not denying it, just need some support for your claim.

Anonymous said...

Well, we have "Evil" Richt. Wouldn't "Evil" Herschel be that much better?

Anonymous said...

"Multiple Personality Disorder", re-named several years ago as "Dissociative Identity Disorder" is a controversial disorder within the psychiatric community, but is not considered "a load of crap" within the psychiatric community, as an anonymous poster previously stated. I encourage anyone who believes the disorder to be "a load of crap" to do a little more research. When you actually meet patients diagnosed with the disorder who have struggled for many years in therapy,when you see the symptoms manifest themselves, and witness the toll the disorder takes on patient's lives, it is difficult to dismiss the disorder as "a load of crap."

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