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Billy Donovan and Victor Oladipo discuss 'locker room talk'

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Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential nominee, speaks during the second U.S. presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

OKLAHOMA CITY — After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reiterated a claim during Sunday evening's Presidential debate that comments about grabbing women's genitalia were just "locker room talk," plenty of athletes shot down that idea.

Many athletes took to Twitter, as other non-athletes around the political world have done, to draw a line between vulgar language and boasting about sexual assault. 

Monday, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo acknowledged he hasn't heard comments quite like the ones Trump said to Billy Bush in a decade-old video the Washington Post reported over the weekend.

“The locker room is a sacred place," Oladipo said. "It’s really private, and it’s where we get to be ourselves and get to talk to each other. But for the most part, the locker rooms I’ve been in, I’ve never heard anything like that."

Coach Billy Donovan spoke on Trump's terminology, as well.

"I’m not in the guys’ locker room, so I’m not gonna sit here and pass judgment," Donovan said. "I think the things that were said were not very good. He’s at least acknowledged that. A lot of other people have acknowledged that. It’s really unfortunate. It’s a sad situation in a lot of ways and for a lot of different people who are being affected by that."

The Trump campaign released a statement shortly after the Washington Post report calling the conversation between the GOP nominee and Bush "locker room banter." 

Trump perpetuated that claim during Sunday's evening's Presidential debate.

"This was locker room talk," he said, as transcribed by the Washington Post. "This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it...This was locker room talk. Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it, and I hate it, but it’s locker room talk."

Oladipo just wants people in the booths come the second Tuesday in November.

"At the end of the day, that’s what he believes," Oladipo said. "I’m not here to judge any man. If he feels that’s what he needs to do and say to help himself win the election, he’s gonna do it. At the end of the day, I’m gonna go vote like everybody else – go vote – and I’m just gonna do what I can to make a difference."

You can read the full transcriptions of Oladipo's and Donovan's comments below.

Victor Oladipo

"The locker room is a sacred place. It’s really private and it’s where we get to be ourselves and get to talk to each other. But for the most part the locker rooms I’ve been in, I’ve never heard anything like that.

"In this locker room we talk about winning. We talk about doing a great job and what we’ve got to do to get better in order to achieve our goals, and that’s winning a championship. So, Donald Trump is gonna say what he’s gonna say, he’s gonna do what he’s feels best to win the election. At the end of the day that’s what he believes. I’m not here to judge any man. If he feels that’s what he needs to do and say to help himself win the election, he’s gonna do it. At the end of the day, I’m gonna go vote like everybody else—go vote—and I’m just gonna do what I can to make a difference."

Billy Donovan

"I don’t wanna comment on that just because for me, I think a lot of those things are very unfortunate, the things that we’re discussing and talking about from both parties. For women, for what went on there. But I’m not gonna pass judgment on what goes on in our locker room or what goes on in any other locker room.

"I think every person’s got to be accountable for themselves. Certainly, it’s disappointing when you hear things like that, but for me, as a coach, I think what goes on in our guys’ locker room, that’s their private place. I haven’t heard anything like that from our guys, and again, I’m not in there all the time, but I think that I would be foolish to try to jump in and start giving my thoughts and opinion of what’s appropriate or not appropriate inside of the locker room. And like I said, I think everybody’s got to be accountable for what they say or what they do, and that’s really all I could say on that."

He continued after a follow-up:

"Yeah, again, I’m not in the guys’ locker room, so I’m not gonna sit here and pass judgment. I think the things that were said were not very good. He’s at least acknowledged that. A lot of other people have acknowledged that. It’s really unfortunate. It’s a sad situation in a lot of ways and for a lot of different people who are being affected by that.

"So again, I’m not gonna come out here and start passing judgment all over the place, because I think in all of our lives, in my life included, there are things you say, you’ve done that you regret and you’re ashamed of and you don’t wanna — you wish you could take back. And for me, I think every person’s got to be responsible, accountable for what they’re doing, what they’re saying, but I do know, the unfortunate part for me is a lot of different people were affected by that, and that’s the unfortunate part."

Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.

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