Aaron Ladzinski- Staff Writer
What is locker room talk?
Before every game, the Dordt Blades’ locker room offers up a prayer to ask for safety for both teams. That is regarded as our locker room talk.
But according to Donald Trump, it involves less talk about the game and more vulgar topics, based on a claim which he made during the second presidential debate.
Athletes on our campus and worldwide have been affected by this unwelcome understanding of the term due to the presidential candidate’s definition. Some athletes are even asking Trump to retract his statements.
One of the biggest superstar athletes has to be the King himself: LeBron James. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, James said, “What is locker room talk to me? It’s not what that guy 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. What that guy was saying, I don’t know what that is. That’s trash talk.”
James is not the only professional athlete who spoke out against Trump’s comments.
Chris Kluwe, a former NFL punter, said, “Oh, sure, we had some dumb guys, and some guys I wouldn’t want to hang out with on any sort of regular basis, but we never had anyone say anything as foul and demeaning as you did on that tape, and, hell, I played a couple years with a guy who later turned out to be a serial rapist. Even he never talked like that.”
Kluwe is not the first athlete to come out with this type of comment, nor will he be the last. This new definition does not align with how our student athletes have been raised, nor does it have to. But people should know that real locker room is not like the picture Donald Trump painted. Instead it is a place for athletes to get ready, get focused and to have fun.