Athletes Push Back Against Trump’s ‘Locker Room Talk’ Characterization

KCBS_740OAKLAND (KCBS) — Donald Trump continues to call crude comments about women that were captured in a recorded 2005 conversation as “locker room talk,” and professional athletes are pushing back.

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle is one of them, Tweeting, ”As an athlete, I’ve been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that’s not locker room talk.”

Dr. Ken Pendleton, a senior researcher for the Sports Conflict Institute says it doesn’t matter whether the locker room is pro or amateurs, its inhabitants young or old.

“Because a locker room culture, regardless of what level it’s at, is going to be characterized by hyper-masculinity, and confrontation,” Pendleton told KCBS.

Pendleton says today, there’s more awareness that you’re going to be held accountable, and socially, those attitudes are embarrassing in a way they might not have been 30 or 40 years ago.

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