Donald Trump, a man not really renowned for his sensible remarks on women, shocked the world when obscene comments made by him in an old video surfaced recently. Even by his low standards, this was next-level bad.
And now several American professional athletes slammed Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee tried to dismiss his sexual comments about women by describing them as "locker-room talk."
You know, athletes who have *actually* been in locker rooms.
Speaking during the second presidential debate with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump used the locker room reference numerous times when questioned about the release of a leaked tape on Friday that captured him saying degrading things about women.
The 70-year-old US billionaire dismissed them as "just words" and "locker room talk."
His Democratic rival Clinton fired back: "This is who Donald Trump is, and the question for us, the question our country must answer is that this is not who we are."
"I haven't heard that one in any locker rooms," NBA Portland Trail Blazers player CJ McCollum wrote on Twitter.
Trump went on to say that the video from 1995 "doesn't represent who he is."
Trump acknowledged he was "embarrassed" about his comments. "But I have tremendous respect for women."
Asked directly if he had done the things he mentioned in the video, Trump said: "No, I have not."
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who won 18 grand slam singles titles between 1978 and 1990, said the vulgar comments are simply a reflection of Trumps' true self.
Locker room talk? Not on your life- this was Trump exactly how he is. Authentic. Obnoxious. Criminal. Etc....— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) October 9, 2016
National Football League player Jacob Tamme used social media to urge Trump to quit using the word.
"Please stop saying "locker room talk". It's not normal. And even if it were normal. It's not right," wrote Tamme who plays for the Atlanta Falcons.
Please stop saying "locker room talk"— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016
It's not normal. And even if it were normal, it's not right. https://t.co/RQUWJJBSTn— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016
I showered after our game but I feel like I need another one after watching the debate.— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016
There were more. NFL's Chris Conley of the Kansas City Chiefs said:
Just for reference. I work in a locker room (every day)... that is not locker room talk. Just so you know...— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) October 10, 2016
Have I been in every locker room? No. But the guys I know and respect don't talk like that. They talk about girls but not like that. Period.— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) October 10, 2016
Brett Anderson of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted:
What kind of fucked up locker rooms has Donald Trump been in...— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) October 10, 2016
And another MLB athlete:
As an athlete, I've been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that's not locker room talk.— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) October 10, 2016
So yeah, you get our drift. Nice save, Trump.