‘Family values’ GOP senate hopeful who’s former MLB star ‘shuns two love children and ices out daughter without warning’ while making videos for strangers on Cameo: Chaotic love life inspired Golden Girls gag
A former MLB star turned GOP senatorial aspirant who claims to be a family values lawmaker has been accused of shunning three of his seven children, who he had by four different women .
Steve Garvey, 75, launched a bid last year for the California Senate seat previously held by the late Senator Dianne Feinstein.
The former LA Dodgers and Padres shortstop is campaigning as a conservative moderate who hopes to bring “moral integrity” and “personal responsibility” back to Congress.
One small problem is that at least three of his seven children say these are qualities their father does not possess, as demonstrated by abandonment and/or years of distance from his parental duties.
Garvey rose to fame as an MLB star in the ’70s and ’80s, but became famous for other things in the late ’80s when it was revealed that he had impregnated two different women at the same time – before dating ‘ a third married.
He spent much of his baseball career portraying himself as squeaky clean — and proud of it.
The fiasco inspired a bumper sticker saying ‘Steve Harvey is not my father’ and even a joke on the iconic sitcom The Golden Girls.
Former Dodger Steve Garvey stands with his wife Candace and some of his children in a ceremony to honor him before an MLB game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 1, 2019
Steve Garvey #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for a portrait. Garvey played for the Dodgers from 1969-1982
Although Garvey was once adored by the public for his squeaky-clean reputation (in addition to his skill with a bat), two years after retiring from MLB in 1989, Garvey impregnated two women simultaneously and went on to marry his current wife – which neither of the two who were pregnant.
He said that both pregnant women, one to whom he was briefly engaged, lied to him about birth control.
That spring, on an episode of “The Golden Girls,” elderly grandmother Sophia Petrillo, played by Estelle Getty, delivered the line, “I just hope I’m not carrying Steve Garvey’s baby,” sparking audience hysteria .
However, Garvey committed himself to accepting ‘the moral and financial responsibility’ of the illegitimate children because ‘there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with moral situations, and I believe it is the right thing to do.’
After a court-ordered paternity test proved Garvey was the father, he was ordered to pay child support.
At the time, he was also going through a messy divorce from his first wife, with whom he had two children. With his current wife of 34 years, Candace, Garvey had three more children.
But in a recent statement to the LA Timessaid the two love children – both 34 years old – at no point did they have any kind of tangible relationship with their father.
Slade Mendehall and Ashleigh Young wrote: ‘In our childhood, several attempts were made by lawyers to arrange a meeting or even a phone call with Mr. Garvey to arrange, but he turned down every opportunity.’
“So we’ve never known him, and our only dealings with him have been through the family court system.”
Mendenhall, an attorney in Georgia, and Young, a homemaker stationed in Japan with her Navy officer husband, say they continue to have close relationships with some of their half-siblings.
Baseball legend Steve Garvey talked about how the homeless want to work after touring a homeless camp in Sacramento on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. Garvey is a Republican running for the U.S. Senate and said he wants accountability for how the money is spent to help the homeless
Steve Garvey with his first wife Cynthia Garvey – Krishna’s mother
Mendenhall and Garvey both have stories about their father, Steve Harvey, abandoning them
The year Garvey impregnated two women – not his wife – Golden Girls character Sophia Petrillo (portrayed by Estelle Getty, far left) joked: ‘I just hope I’m not carrying Steve Garvey’s baby’
First baseman Steve Garvey #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers chases after a popup against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game circa 1978 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco
One such half-sibling is Garvey’s eldest daughter, Krishna (49).
She told the Times that while she’s not particularly political, she feels voters need to know that the reality of her father doesn’t match the model he’s selling on the campaign trail.
Garvey was married to Krishna’s mother – Cynthia Garvey – from 1971 to 1983.
She told the outlet that Garvey essentially cut off contact with her 15 years ago for reasons unknown to her.
One day, she says, he told her over the phone, ‘this is how it has to be, Krish,’ and ended the relationship.
She further condemns her father for not trying to have a relationship with her three sons, his grandchildren.
“He was not accountable, not to his family,” she said.
According to the Times, Krishna “had” when she was told that her father was selling personalized messages on the popular short-form celebrity video app Cameo for $149 a pop.
She called it “upside down wrong” for him to make those videos for strangers but not acknowledge the existence of his oldest daughter.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey waves to fans before a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, July 25, 2021
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey #6 sits in the dugout during the World Series against the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium in October of 1978
While Garvey is making some headway in the California polls — some show him polling just behind the front-runner, Rep. Adam Schiff, others show him in fourth place – his daughter says that he may have the exterior of a reliable politician, but deep inside, he does not have the substance of one.
‘I think my father is very simplistic. He can tell you a good stupid dad joke and keep it very superficial and very light,’ she said.
‘He can talk a thing very well, and he can sell a thing. But what is underneath it all? It’s doubtful.’