In this March 8, 1984, file photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team. The New Jersey Generals have been largely forgotten, but Trump’s ownership of the team was formative in his evolution as a public figure and peerless self-publicist. With money and swagger, he led a shaky and relatively low-budget spring football league, the USFL, into a showdown with the NFL. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired NFL player Herschel Walker says he’s being dropped from speaking engagements because of his relationship with Donald Trump.
In an interview on the “TMZ Sports” TV show, the Heisman Trophy winner and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant said he’s known Trump “before he became ‘The Donald.'” Walker said the presumptive Republican nominee is not racist.
Walker told TMZ Sports “just because you build a wall, doesn’t mean you’re a racist.”
Trump has faced sharp criticism for his statements on immigration and plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.