ATHENS, Ga. -- Herschel Walker's primary residence remains in Texas, but he is a Georgian through and through. That, he said Tuesday, is why he felt compelled to tweet at Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday.
The former University of Georgia and NFL star said he has watched with keen interest the situation that unfolded in southwest Atlanta after resident Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police in the drive-through line of a Wendy's on June 12. Since then, the restaurant was destroyed by fire and the area has been occupied by protesters, some of them armed.
On Saturday night, 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was fatally shot as she rode with her family in a car through the area, allegedly by one or more of the armed protesters. That led Mayor Bottoms to make an impassioned plea for dissidents to stand down.
"Enough is enough," she said Monday, with Turner's grieving family alongside her.
Bottoms' speech moved Walker, who still maintains a residence in Atlanta. He had been critical of Bottoms' support of calls to defund police at the outset of the original incident. So he felt compelled to offer his support when he saw Bottoms' impassioned plea on television Monday.
As the sitting president that Walker also supports tends to do, Walker sent a tweet:
"I believe in Law & Order and I applaud you Atlanta Mayor @KeishaBottoms ... what can I do to help be part of the solution? You're our leader in @CityofAtlanta! @FoxNews @Atlanta -- Police @FOX5Atlanta @CNN @ajc"
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached out to Walker on Tuesday to find out if he wanted to expound on his social-media post. He did.
"I disagreed with (Bottoms) letting them take over that place to begin with," Walker said Tuesday. "I thought that was wrong. And I disagree with anyone who wants to defund the police. I don't think that's right. ...
"But, you know, she did something that was absolutely incredible. She said, 'This has got to stop. This has to stop and can't go on anymore.' And I applaud her for that because she's a leader, and the only way it's going to stop is she has to stop it. The police department can't go out there and stop it. But the mayor of Atlanta can say, 'no more.' "