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LeBron blasts Trump’s crude ‘trash talk,’ Brady avoids topic


    Cleveland Cavaliers forwards LeBron James (23), left, and Richard Jefferson (24) react in the second half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Monday in Atlanta.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. >> LeBron James blasted Donald Trump’s crude remarks about women, calling it “trash talk” while refusing to even say the Republican presidential nominee’s name. Tom Brady walked away from a news conference when asked about the candidate he has previously supported.

The responses Wednesday from two of the biggest superstars in sports showed how much the 2005 video Trump has dismissed as “locker room talk” reverberated through the athletic world, with a growing list of current and former professional athletes weighing in on Trump’s vulgar comments about grabbing women’s genitals and trying to have sex with married women besides his own wife.

“What is locker room talk to me? It’s not what that guy said,” James said. “We don’t disrespect women in no shape or fashion in our locker room. That never comes up. Obviously, I got a mother-in-law, a wife, a mom and a daughter and those conversations just don’t go on in our locker room.”

James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA championship last season, said the conversations he’s used to hearing in the dressing room have to do more with family, game strategy and other sports-related banter.

“What that guy was saying, I don’t know what that is. That’s trash talk,” he said.

Trump’s opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton retweeted video of the NBA star’s reaction to Trump’s comments on her Twitter account. Clinton received an endorsement from James earlier this month.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts, Brady had no interest in wading into the issue when asked at the end of his weekly news conference about how he would respond if his kids heard Trump’s version of “locker room talk.”

The Patriots quarterback smiled, then said, “Thank you guys, have a good day,” and walked away.

Brady was spotted with one of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats in his locker last year. He walked back a comment he made saying he thought it “would be great” if Trump became president, saying it was an example of why he tries to say as little as possible when speaking publicly. He had also joked about Trump possibly putting a putting green on the White House lawn.

Brady and Trump have golfed together, and Trump has mentioned Brady’s support on the campaign trail.

In Houston, Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney said his teammates don’t speak as Trump described.

“We keep it clean,” Clowney said. “I don’t know where he (gets) that from. I have to check him on that. We don’t use that tone in here.”

Trump apologized for the comments in the video and tried to downplay them in a debate this week as words only.


AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland and Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this report.


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  • james that’s because you guys are all paid pro athletes where you have a high standard, my job has locker rooms for workers, and yes I have heard worst things said in our locker room, so it does happen, locker room talk. like most American I feel they just ignore this stuff and the AP and media they are really desperate on finding anything they can to destroy trump but trump is not gonna fold on all this cr_p.

    • What can be worse than admitting to sexual assault in the locker room? Murder? “I was walking downtown the other day and put a cap in this clown’s head. I dropped him like a sack of potatoes.” #LockerRoomTalk “Ha ha ha, I was waiting at a crosswalk and pushed an old lady into an oncoming bus.” #LockerRoomTalk

    • You have been in a locker room where men brag about felony sexual assault? Most Americans ignore bragging about serial sexual assault?

      Every time you write a comment here, it validates the fact that you seem to be willfully and pridefully ignorant of almost everything.

    • 64, maybe you have heard similar things, but even if it were in jest, that doesn’t make it right. And if it were an admission, that’s assault. Would you want your daughter marrying this guy?

    • 64hoo says: “james that’s because you guys are all paid pro athletes where you have a high standard”. Your comment implies that it’s okay for Trump to speak that way because he does not have high standards. That sums it up pretty well, actually.

  • The main thing is that to even be discussing this continual lack of judgement about a Presidential candidate, whose poor behavior has been documented, should basically disqualifies Trump as a viable option to be President of the United States, except for his most ardent supporters. Honestly, if your locker room has these types of mysogynistic conversations, you should question the company that you keep.

  • LeBron is a billionaire who is also a successful businessman, just like your man crush Dishonest Donald. So on this point comparing apples to apples. Except LeBron knows how to communicate effectively and help people, while Dishonest Donald can only tear down people and brag about himself while screaming. This is comparing exotic material to fecal matter.

  • Les-less. Your point? There were a lot of white athletes who were considered stars on the field and failed as human beings. Kobe was never a successful businessman nor did he make any effort to help those around him.

  • This is what happens when a party decides experience and knowledge are not important. It then becomes fair game for a con. The Donald is probably the best con man since Ron Rewald.

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