HOUSTON - Professional athletes are continuing to slam Donald Trump's lewd comments about women.
One of those athletes is Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh who fired off quite the rant on social media.
I don't like to comment on politics publicly. I never feel competent or knowledgeable enough to say something that a thousand more well-informed people haven't already said. However, I feel the need to comment on the language that Donald Trump classified the other day as "locker room talk", given my daily exposure to it. Have I heard comments like Trump's (i.e. sexist, disrespectful, crude, sexually aggressive, egotistical, etc.) in a clubhouse? Yes. But I've also heard some of those same comments other places. Cafes, planes, the subway, walking down the street and even at the dinner table. To generalize his hateful language as "locker room talk" is incredibly offensive to me and the men I share a locker room with every day for 8 months a year. Men of conscience and integrity, who would never be caught dead talking about women in that way. You want to know what "locker room talk" sounds like from my first hand perspective? Baseball talk. Swinging, pitching, home runs, double plays, shifts. The rush of victory and the frustration of defeat. Family talk. Nap schedules for our kids. Loneliness of being on the road so much. Off-season family vacations. And most importantly, coffee talk! The best places to find quality #coldbrew. What's currently brewing on the #aeropress in the empty locker between me and Doug, affectionately known as #CafeStros? How strong do you need it today? Kid wouldn't sleep last night? I'll make it a little stronger for ya. Maybe Mr. Trump does talk like that in his country club locker room. Perhaps he's simply not privy to the kind of conversations that take place in other locker rooms. But as for me and my @astros team, our "locker room talk" sounds absolutely nothing like his. And I couldn't be more proud of that.
McHugh said he doesn't comment on politics a lot, but felt the need to now given the language the GOP presidential candidate used during Sunday night's debate to brush off comments that were made in 2005.
Trump described the comments about women as "locker room talk."
The Astros right hander said Trump's generalization of "locker room talk" is offensive to him and the men he shares a locker room with eight months a year.
Though McHugh says he's heard sexist and disrespectful talk in the locker room, he's heard it elsewhere, too.
"We hold ourselves to a certain standard, that that just wouldn't be acceptable," said James Ihedigbo, who's played for a variety of NFL teams, mostly recently the Detroit Lions in a nine-year NFL career.
Ihedigbo said he knows what kind of conduct is acceptable in a locker room.
"For Donald Trump to make comments of, 'Oh this is locker room talk,' it kind of makes that a negative connotation toward men in the NFL or NBA whatever sports league," Ihedigbo said.
He, like McHugh, admits everything heard is not perfect, however.
"I wouldn't be sitting in a locker room, and one of my teammates say a comment like that, and you know guys wouldn't jump on him and say, 'That's not cool,'" Ihedigbo said.
McHugh accompanied his post with a picture of an AeroPress, perhaps as if to say locker room talk isn't just about women.
"Anything that anybody says is 'locker room' talk or that's how football players talk, they don't know what goes on our in our locker room," said University of Houston football coach Tom Herman.
Herman spoke about the issue during Monday's weekly American Athletic Conference teleconference. He said he was too busy to follow the campaign itself but he did answer a reporter's question about the issue.
"To lump all locker rooms into something he said is a bit unfair," Herman said. "Our locker room is very considerate of everybody."
McHugh also wondered whether Trump does talk like that in his country club locker room but he did say the talk among his Astros teammates "sounds nothing like this."