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Donald Trump says it's locker room talk. Pro athletes say it isn't

Technically Incorrect: After the Republican nominee tries to explain away his crude comments about women as "locker room talk," the pros take to Twitter to challenge him.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Perhaps locker rooms at a Trump golf club are different.

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If Christopher Columbus had known what an American presidential debate in the early 21st century might look like, I fancy he might have turned back and headed elsewhere.

Sunday night's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton reeked of little more than a weak edition of "The Maury Povich Show."

Still, the most tweeted issue was Trump's treatment of women.

Having been caught on a 2005 tape saying that because he was a star he could walk up to women, kiss them and even grab their genitalia, Trump tried to explain it all away during the debate by saying this was merely "locker room talk."

Some might have mused that he wasn't actually in a locker room when he said these things. He was at work.

But what about those who work in locker rooms? Could they at least identify such language as familiar?

Professional athletes took to Twitter rather quickly to suggest Trump might want to visit an actual locker room.

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, for example, offered: "I haven't heard that one in any locker rooms."

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley also didn't receive Trump's words well: "Just for reference. I work in a locker room (every day)...that is not locker room talk. Just so you know."

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford was similarly bemused, tweeting: "Locker room?"

Oakland A's relief pitcher Sean Doolittle agreed: "As an athlete, I've been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that's not locker room talk."

It may be, of course, that the locker rooms at Trump golf clubs are slightly different from those of professional sports.

Indeed, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson alluded to this in tweeting: "What kind of f***ed up locker rooms has Donald Trump been in."

Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe was similarly bemused: "Hahaha, 'locker room talk.' Like that f***ing inflatable clown dummy would ever make it in a legit locker room."

The Trump campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The essence is, though, that Trump was boasting about sexual assault. He told debate moderator Anderson Cooper that he understood this and that he'd never actually acted in accordance with his boasts.

It's not as if pro sports hasn't had its own issues with regard to women. Players have often been involved in incidents of, for example, domestic violence.

From former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice to former San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller to Chicago Cubs pitcher Aroldis Chapman, players haven't been known for their respect toward women.

Perhaps inadvertently, Trump has made respect for women a central issue of the campaign. To think that a mere four years ago, the phrase "binders full of women" caused outrage.

How far we've come. Far down, that is.