Professional Athletes Show Donald Trump What It Means To Be… Professional (Tweets)

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Professional Athletes Offended At Trump’s Use Of ‘Locker Room Talk’

Professional athletes don’t appreciate the fact that Donald Trump is dismissing his sexual violence toward women as ‘locker room talk.’  What the GOP candidate revealed in the infamous videotape from 2005 is exactly what he has been accused of multiple times — sexual assaults on unwilling women. Professional athletes want nothing to do with it.

Professional Athletes Show How To Be … Professional

The athletes who spoke out know something that Donald doesn’t — namely, how to be a professional. They want the world to know it, especially after Sunday night’s presidential debate performance by the Republican nominee.

Trump unleashed a different version of his own personal shit storm by taking to Twitter — as usual — with this comment:

The candidate simultaneously trivialized his own words and actions, dismissed sexual assault as ‘not serious,’ offended all athletes by attempting to put them in the sewer along with him, and demonstrated exactly why he ISN’T a serious leader ready to tackle adult problems. There is no more serious problem than sexual assault. It plagues women around the world — across cultures, across economic class, across any conceivable lines that society can come up with. It crosses gender lines, as well, but Trump’s victims are women.

Who Spends More Time In Locker Rooms Than Professional Athletes?

Professional athletes, who spend their lives in locker rooms, wasted no time hitting back. Robbie Rogers of the L.A. Galaxy wrote:

Sean Doolittle, pitcher for the Oakland A’s, said:

Many of the professional athletes got more confrontative, and appropriately so. It’s too bad that the issue was so easily brushed off during the presidential debate, but these guys weren’t about to let it slide. Kendall Marshall, guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, didn’t hesitate to label the behavior for what it was:

Sexual Predation Is ‘Not Normal’

Jacob Tamme, tight end for the Atlanta Falcons, asked Trump to stop calling his vulgar, predatory comments ‘locker room talk’, adding:

To brag, as the candidate did, that when you’re a star, you can “grab them by the p—-. You can do anything,” is certainly not normal. It’s sexual assault and morally repugnant to anyone who has been sullied by hearing the comments. Tamme also captured what the many who finished watching the debate in shock no doubt felt, as well:

The revelations about Donald Trump’s sexual predation is the most surreal turn of events in what has already been a surreal campaign. Many besides athletes were expressing shock, dismay, and a sense of unreality that this scenario could be unfolding as part of a presidential race. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley captured the shock:

Nor was he willing to let slide the aspersions cast on athletes:

The condemnations of Trump go on and on: Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson, C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, former Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe, Dahntay Jones of the Cleveland Cavaliers tweeted their comments. Plenty of former players also used Twitter to make their displeasure known, including former NFL players Sage Rosenfels, Tom Crabtree, Chris Kluwe, Donte Stallworth and former NBA player John Amaechi.

These men wasted no time in standing up to the ultimate bully, Donald Trump. Unfortunately, actual GOP officials like Paul Ryan — a so-called ‘leader’ of his party — only denounced their candidate when it seemed like they had no choice. Die-hard Mitch McConnell, no friend to women, still refuses to do so.

This is a battle that no one chose to fight in this arena, that no one ever expected to be a part of presidential politics. Now that it’s here, women need to do two things in their own behalf — thank the men who have become their defenders and make a stampede for the exit out of the Republicans’ toxin-filled tent.

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Deborah Montesano

Deborah Montesano is a political blogger and social activist. In spite of years of monitoring the political scene in America, she remains optimistic about the future.
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