As Donald Trump’s campaign continues to deny sexual assault allegations against him, sports teams here in London are denouncing the presidential candidate’s use of the phrase “locker room talk.”
That’s how Trump described his behaviour during a video from 2005 that was recently made public, where he can be heard making sexually predatory comments about women.
In the clip obtained by The Washington Post and NBC News, Trump said he tried to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about using his celebrity to kiss and touch women without their consent.
“I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” Trump said while talking to Billy Bush on an Access Hollywood bus. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump later dismissed the comments as “locker room talk” made a decade ago, and claimed he had heard much “worse” from Bill Clinton on the golf course.
Three London sports organizations released a joint statement late Wednesday, denouncing Trump’s comments.
The London Lightning said: “The National Basketball League of Canada supports its players in understanding the impact of men’s violence against women. The NBL works collaboratively with the London Abused Women’s Centre and dedicates a team game each season to women impacted by violence through the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign. The NBL has zero tolerance for men’s violence against women. Sexual violence and rape culture have no place in the locker rooms of the NBL or of any sport.”
Greg Marshall, head coach of the Western Mustangs said: “Locker room talk should never be demeaning, disrespectful or make light of a very serious problem. It is precisely this attitude that has contributed to the culture of sexual violence against women that exists in our society today. Athletes and coaches should be role models and be leaders in the fight to end sexual violence against women. If we are to change the attitudes and culture, then it begins in the locker room.”
Ian Campbell, president of FC London said: “As an organization that focuses on opportunities in sport for both male and female soccer players our mandate is to create a safe and barrier free environment for players, coaches, families and fans. With this in mind our FC LONDON executive and staff in no way condone, support or tolerate any abusive language or comments either inside or outside the locker room. Recent implications in the American media indicating that the locker room of a sports organization is a place where violence against women and the promotion of a rape culture is tolerated are simply wrong. All players and team officials within the FC LONDON organization are aware of and have signed a league “Code of Conduct” including a social media policy which makes it clear that there is NO tolerance for behaviour that is racist, sexist, or which degrades other human beings.”