When a 2005 audio tape of Donald Trump speaking of women in vulgar sexual terms and bragging about sexual assault leaked, the 2016 presidential candidate tried to downplay the comments as “locker room banter.”
Miami Heat captain and 13-year NBA veteran Udonis Haslem wasn’t having any of it.
"I don't know what locker room he's been in," Haslem said. "No, I didn't appreciate it, to be completely honest. That's not our locker room talk. I don't know Trump very well at all, but I don't know who he's played for the last couple years to even say he's been in anybody's locker room and had those kind of conversations."
Haslem’s comments get to something here. Dismissing accusations as “locker room talk” normalizes offensive behavior, and implies that men shouldn’t be held accountable when women aren’t in the room.
The three-time NBA champion may have saved his best quip for last. When told that Trump has no sports background to speak of besides investments, Haslem smiled and said, “The hairpiece wouldn’t allow it.”