Trump, who was caught on tape discussing what many have said amounts to sexual assault and claimed he could do so because he’s famous, has repeatedly referred to his words as “locker-room talk,” a phrase many athletes, Talib apparently excepted, have taken issue with.
For example, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley tweeted, “The guys I know and respect don’t talk like that.”
He added: “They talk about girls but not like that.”
Athletes from other sports also chimed in, many of them echoing similar sentiments.
“As an athlete, I’ve been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that’s not locker room talk,” Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle wrote on Saturday, a day after The Washington Post published the audio in question, captured on a hot mic while Trump was filming a clip for “Access Hollywood.”
Talib isn’t alone in his questionable views, however. One teammate, linebacker Dekoda Watson, shied away from taking a hard moral stance on Trump’s remarks but criticized the candidate instead for stating his thoughts out loud.
“You’re a professional, and you can’t use [locker-room talk] as an excuse, especially for you to be a candidate,” Watson said (via the Denver Post). “To be a president, you gotta be on your best behavior because the light is constantly on you [whether] you think so or not.
“You have to speak professionally, I don’t care if you’re in the locker room or on the bus; someone is always looking, someone is always listening to what you’re saying.”
Tom Brady, meanwhile, avoided answering questions about Trump’s version of “locker-room talk” altogether. The New England Patriots quarterback, who used to keep a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker in Foxborough, Mass., abruptly ended his press conference Wednesday when the topic came up.