When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently sought to dismiss as “locker-room talk” some crude comments he made that were caught on tape during an appearance on “Access Hollywood” 11 years ago, he didn’t count on a backlash from many professional athletes who don’t appreciate being spattered with paint from Trump’s broad brush.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James recently decried Trump’s comments, and on Thursday night, Nets stars Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin took issue with his characterization of the locker-room atmosphere.
“That’s not something I’ve ever seen go on in a locker room,” Lopez said. “It seemed pretty offensive. That’s not the craziest answer in the world, right? It’s common sense.”
In his comments, Trump boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia and forcing his kisses on women and said he could get away with it because of his celebrity.
“It’s extremely vulgar,” Lin said. “That’s not something that’s commonly said. I mean, that’s pretty disrespectful to women. It’s definitely not a common thing to walk around a locker room talking like that. I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms.
“I’m not going to get too much into it, but do I agree in any way with what he said? Not at all.”