#SportBits … Athletes Slam Donald Trump for “Locker Room Talk”

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“Locker room talk” Mr. Trump? Is that what you’re sticking with? Well, I’m not buying it and neither are male athletes around the country.

Donald Trump’s characterization of his crude and vulgar remarks caught on a 2005 tape as “locker room talk” have professional athletes condemning him for using the term as a defense.

On the tape, the Republican nominee brags about trying to have sex with a married woman, as well as groping, grabbing, and kissing women whenever he wants.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” ~ Donald Trump

When confronted about his remarks, Trump brushed it aside as “locker room talk.”  Almost immediately athletes responded…

LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers forward)
“What is locker room talk to me? It’s not what that guy said. We don’t disrespect women in no shape or fashion in our locker room. That never comes up. Obviously, I got a mother-in-law, a wife, a mom and a daughter and those conversations just don’t go on in our locker room. What that guy was saying, I don’t know what that is. That’s trash talk.” (@KingJames)

Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks cornerback)
“I think it was a cop-out. He needed some way to divert the attention from himself. That’s not how most people talk in the locker room, and I think a lot of athletes would say the same.” (710 ESPN Seattle)

Sean Doolittle (Oakland Athletics pitcher)
“As an athlete, I’ve been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that’s not locker room talk. (sfgate.com)

Doc Rivers (LA Clipper Coach)
“They’re bad comments. They’re demeaning to women. You know, I think when people throw out that word, ‘locker room talk,’ there’s nobody talking like that in the locker room. Is there swearing in the locker room? Yeah. Every other word, but there’s nobody demeaning — there are players in our locker room with sisters, wives and daughters. There’s not that type of talk in anyone’s locker room.” (ABCNews.Com)

I agree with Doc. I’m not naïve enough to think that crude and profane language doesn’t happen in locker rooms, but language so vulgar and demeaning to women I have to believe is not the norm.

Yes, there will probably always be that one loser in the locker room saying ignorant things, so I’m teaching my kids to walk away from that BS and not participate. Or better yet – call out that trash-talker!

In the end, First Lady Michelle Obama put it best:

“Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put women down to feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. Those that are truly powerful bring us together.” ~ Michelle OBama

Can’t she just run for president? #Michelle2020

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M. Coyne

Mary is a 30yr Angeleno who has somehow survived the ups and downs of the Los Angeles sports scene. She encourages her kids and friends to watch the games because she feels everyone should know alittle bit about what is going on in the sports world. #SportBits ... a little bit of info is all you need. Find her at mcsportbits.com