- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said basketball players “don’t disrespect women” in the locker room, dismissing claims from Donald Trump that the lewd comments he made in a leaked 2005 recording was just “locker room” banter.

Mr. James, who recently endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president, was asked by reporters Wednesday what “locker room” talk meant to him.

“What is locker room talk to me? It’s not what that guy said,” Mr. James said without mentioning Mr. Trump by name. “We don’t disrespect women in no shape or fashion in our locker rooms. That never comes up.

“What goes on in our locker room is sporting events that happened the night before, about family, about strategies that we may have that night, about a highlight that made it happen,” he said. “That’s what happens in our locker room. But what that guy was saying — that’s not. I don’t know what that is. That’s trash talk.”

Mrs. Clinton reposted a video of the Mr. James’ comments, tweeted by Cleveland.com reporter Hayden Grove.

Since Friday, Mr. Trump has faced calls to drop out of the presidential race after The Washington Post published a recording of the business mogul engaged in a lewd conversation with then-host of “Access Hollywood,” Billy Bush.

Mr. Trump unwittingly spoke on a hot mic with Mr. Bush about using his fame to get away with groping women.

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Mr. Trump said in the recording. “Grab them by the p–y. You can do anything.”

Mr. Trump apologized for the recording, brushing it off as “locker room” talk.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was similarly asked during a press conference what his thoughts were on Mr. Trump’s comments.

Mr. Brady, who has expressed admiration for Mr. Trump in the past, declined to respond when asked Wednesday what he would do if his children heard “Donald Trump’s version of locker-room talk.”

“Thank you, guys. Have a good day,” he said with a smile before walking off.

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