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During Sunday's second presidential debate, moderator Anderson Cooper asked Republican nominee Donald Trump about the 2005 video released last week in which he was caught on a live mic saying he kissed women without their permission and grabbed them by their genitals, and got away with it because of his celebrity status.
During Trump's answer, he said several times it was just "locker room talk."
Employing the "locker room talk" defense did not go over well with a large number of professional athletes, who expressed their disapproval of Trump's message on Twitter.
At Monday's practice, Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard responded to the comments.
"I know in our locker room we have conversations that’s nobody’s business but we keep it respectful. It’s not right for somebody to put that off on us when you make a mistake but he is who he is,” Lillard said.
Here's a look at some athletes who disagreed with Trump's answer, starting with the Portland Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum:
I haven't heard that one in any locker rooms https://t.co/Ci8NXOgFcI— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) October 10, 2016
Los Angeles Galaxy player Robbie Rogers:
I'm offended as an athlete that @realDonaldTrump keeps using this "locker room talk" as an excuse.— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) October 10, 2016
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle:
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
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe:
Yes. That's not locker room talk. https://t.co/egzC03ooQA— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) October 10, 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dahntay Jones:
Claiming Trump's comments are "locker room banter" is to suggest they are somehow acceptable. They aren't.— Dahntay (@dahntay1) October 9, 2016
Philadelphia 76ers guard Kendall Marshall:
PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) October 10, 2016
UFC mixed martial artist CM Punk:
"Grab them by the pussy" isn't talk from any locker room I've ever been in. It's a Ted Bundy quote. #debate2016— Coach (@CMPunk) October 10, 2016
Former Olympic hurdler Queen Harrison:
"Locker room talk", "Boys will be boys", "Harmless banter". These are not valid excuses for behavior. Never have been, never will be.— Queen Harrison (@goQueengo) October 10, 2016
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley:
This is like real? I'm waiting for people to come out and say that this is a joke— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) October 10, 2016
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
Apart from this debate and apart from the election. I'm appalled how many of you are tweeting me that talking and acting that way is ok— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) October 10, 2016
I'm done. If that's the talk you hear around you then be the place where change begins. Regardless of this election let's be a better people— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) October 10, 2016
Former NBA player John Amaechi:
4. Politics isn't sport.— John Amaechi OBE (@JohnAmaechi) October 10, 2016
The White House isn't a locker room.
Respecting women (et al.) seems a desperately low bar to fail in 2016.
Former NFL player Sage Rosenfels:
I was a 5 sport athlete in high school.— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) October 8, 2016
5 years of college football.
12 years in the NFL.
Guys don't talk like that in locker rooms. #Trump
Former NFL player Donte Stallworth:
"Locker room talk" 🙄— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) October 10, 2016
Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme:
Please stop saying "locker room talk"— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016
Former NFL player Tom Crabtree:
That's not locker room talk.— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) October 10, 2016
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova:
Locker room talk? Not on your life- this was Trump exactly how he is. Authentic. Obnoxious. Criminal. Etc....— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) October 9, 2016