Several Shepherd University football players interviewed stand against President Donald Trump’s “locker room talk.”
During the 2016 presidential election, Trump shrugged off his explicit language toward women as “locker room talk.” Some of Shepherd’s football players have given insight as to what really goes on in the locker room.
“What Trump said is disrespectful to athletes, we don’t talk like that,” said junior Ryan Sturdivant. Sturdivant also says “We don’t disrespect women, racial groups, or religion.”
Most agreed that the locker room was a place to discuss the game and each other’s lives. Locker room talk doesn’t consist of any one topic and doesn’t include disrespecting others.
“We talk about everything when in there, so much, from our personal lives to the game. It’s a wide variety, there is no one thing,” said sophomore DJ Cornish.
“The locker room is a fellowship and a brotherhood, your teammates are your brothers and for females they’re your sisters. You could talk about anything in the locker room. You could talk about all aspects of life as far as school, family, relationships, just things you’re going to do later in the day. We talk about Jesus Christ and why it’s important to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, there isn’t really one specific thing that entails locker room talk,” said senior Myles Humphrey.
“Guys stay on the same topics, they talk about females, the females they know, or the females they’ve been with. Guys talk about sports, their opinion, whether it’s basketball or football. One of the most talked about topics is being competitive. They’re always talking about which one can beat the other one,” senior Adam Coles.