St Louis: Several American professional athletes slammed Donald Trump on Sunday after the Republican presidential nominee tried to dismiss his sexual comments about women by describing them as "locker-room talk."
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."
NBA Portland Trail Blazers player CJ McCollum wrote
I haven't heard that one in any locker rooms https://t.co/Ci8NXOgFcI
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) October 10, 2016
Trump went on to say that the video from 2005 "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."
Oakland Athletics baseball pitcher Sean Doolittle wrote
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
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles between 1978 and 1990, said the vulgar comments are simply a reflection of Trump's 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"
— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016