Maine coach weighs in on 'locker room talk'

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- During the second presidential debate on Sunday night, Donald Trump used the term 'locker room talk' to defend remarks he made in 2005 about making unwanted advances on women. 

Many former and current sports stars have been talking about the issue. Chris Conley, a wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs, tweeted, "Have I been in every locker room? No. But the guys I know and respect don't talk like that. They talk about girls, but not like that. Period."

Now, one local coach is sparking a conversation about 'locker room talk'.

The University of Maine men's basketball coach, Bob Walsh, posted a blog Thursday morning about the issue. Part of the blog reads: "Maybe you don't hear that exact phrasing in locker rooms. But to act like that type of language is foreign to locker rooms and other all-male situations is just not true."

"I've been in locker rooms. I've heard the talk. There are homophobic words that are used, sexist comments that are used, vulgar comments that are used. It's not all the time, it's not every day, it's not common language, but you do hear it," said Walsh. 

In his blog, Walsh referred to his time at RIC. He said the homophobic 'f-word' was used a lot and tossed around without a thought. "I really don't think my guys meant to be homophobic or were thinking of it as a gay slur," he wrote.

"We've got to try to get away from that. If it's happening in locker rooms or if it's happening in group settings where guys are just talking and they think it's private, it's still hurtful and it needs to change," said Walsh.

The situation, as well as the backlash, has caught the attention of millions. Coach Walsh said he hopes it will get other coaches to think about their role to their athletes.

"It's a way to talk about the issue and hopefully everybody uses it as an opportunity just to improve," he said.

Coach Walsh said he discussed the issue with his players. They have talked about language that may be offensive to other people. He said the main point of his blog post was to get everyone thinking about what they say and hopefully eliminate that type of talk.


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