A lot of professional athletes have denounced Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” defense of his lewd comments about women.
Tom Brady isn’t one of those athletes.
During a weekly presser at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a reporter asked the New England Patriots quarterback a question about the Republican nominee’s vulgar remarks about grabbing women’s genitals, as heard in the recently reported 2005 “Access Hollywood” tapes.
"Tom, you have kids of your own. How would you respond if your kids heard Donald Trump’s version of 'locker room talk?'" asked New England Cable News reporter Jonathan Choe.
In response, Brady gave an awkward smile and bowed out, saying nothing but "thank you, guys.”
For those unaware, Brady and Trump have been friends for many years.
Last December, despite the fact that the media mogul had offended a lot of people, including women, Latinos, Muslims, the disabled Asian and African Americans by then, Brady refrained from denouncing the media mogul.
Instead he praised him as his “good friend.”
“Donald is a good friend of mine,” Brady said. “I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He’s a good friend of mine. He’s always been so supportive of me — for the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that thought was really cool.”
One might say, for argument’s sake, that Choe’s question wasn’t relevant to sports. However, things have reached a point in the elections where calling out a demagogue like Trump has become a social responsibility. And since a lot of fans look up to their sports idols, it isn’t wrong to become a part of a political debate if it helps others to make a more informed decision.
Ignoring or maintaining silence over Trump is as bad as supporting his vile views.
A much more appropriate response to Trump’s vulgarity came from NBA’s LeBron James.
"What that guy was saying," the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said. "That's not — I don't know what that is. That's trash talk."