While the Republican presidential nominee apologized for graphic, lewd, wildly inappropriate comments from a hot mic on Access Hollywood 11 years ago, he tried to move past the incident calling it “locker room talk.” When asked about that Wednesday, LeBron shot the idea down.
“We don’t disrespect women in no shape or fashion in our locker room. That never comes up… What goes on in our locker room is sporting events that happened the night before, about family, about strategies that we may have that night, about a highlight that made it happen— if it was a home run in the bottom of the ninth or it was an alley-oop dunk from a player the night before— that’s what happens in our locker room. What that guy was saying, I don’t know what that is. That’s trash talk.””
That doesn’t mean he’s wrong. Locker rooms are not the most wholesome, tolerant of environments, but the vast majority of athletes in all sports I’ve encountered seem to grasp the line where sexual assault would start — and Trump’s comments crossed those lines. I’ve never heard those kinds of comments in a locker room before.
But as with so much of this election, people will believe what they want to believe about a candidate and convince themselves they are right (and that most people agree with them). The whole election just has me sad for America.