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Walker to come out as a "multiple"

Herschel Walker, former NFL running back and Heisman trophy winner at Georgia, is writing a book in which he reveals he has a multiple personality disorder.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the book, “Breaking Free,” is due out in August and will detail Walker’s life with this condition. The book’s publicist at Simon & Schuster, Shida Carr, did not provide any other details or release any excerpts at this time.

Some information about the condition from the article:

Multiple personality disorder, or dissociative identity disorder (DID), as it is more commonly referred to today, is a rare mental condition in which one person has two or more distinct personalities, according to the Merck Manual of Medical Information.

The personalities may or may not be aware of each other and a particular personality may not have access to all of the individual's memories. The switch from one personality to another can be very disorienting and the active personality may have memory lapses or feel that he or she has lost track of time. Persons suffering from this disorder may refer to themselves in the plural or in the third person.

Victims of DID have usually experienced a severe, traumatic shock of some kind and most report being abused as children.

The paper said that neither Walker’s college coach, Vince Dooley, nor his friend and former Georgia teammate Frank Ros, ever noticed any unusual behavior from Walker at the time. Dooley said, “That's all news to me. All I know is whatever personality he had when he had the football was the one I liked."

That quote sounds like something a coach might say upon learning one of his star players was gay, doesn't it? -- Joe Guckin