Donald Trump may think that bragging about sexual assault is “locker room talk,” but professional athletes across the country beg to differ.
During Sunday night’s presidential debate, Trump was sharply criticized for a leaked video from 2005 in which he boasts about hitting on a married woman “like a bitch” and grabbing women “by the pussy.”
“It’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things,” the GOP nominee said of the statements.
LA Clippers coach and former NBA point guard Doc Rivers said that if Trump thinks his comments constitute locker room talk, “that’s a new locker room for me.”
Several other current and former sports stars weighed in to say that people don’t actually talk like Trump in locker rooms.
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took Trump to task on Monday in a blog post for Vox, outlining some of the things that athletes do talk about in the locker room.
We talk about our families. We talk about our significant others, our children, and our parents. We talk about our fears that if a Hitler wannabe who can’t even string together a coherent statement on domestic policy becomes president, what that might mean for those of us who are married to a member of a minority community, or are a member of a minority community, or have children going to schools where hopefully nobody screams racial epithets at them or tells them to go back to [insert foreign country they couldn’t identify on a map here].
“We never had anyone say anything as foul and demeaning as you did on that tape,” Kluwe said. “Hell, I played a couple years with a guy who later turned out to be a serial rapist. Even he never talked like that.”
This article has been updated to include Chris Kluwe’s blog post.
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