Why NFL pro snubbed Trump

While most members of the New England Patriots met with President Trump at the White House Wednesday to celebrate their historic Super Bowl 51 win, Alan Branch said he wouldn’t be able to look his daughters in the eye if he shook the president’s hand.

In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday, Branch referred to the infamous recording of Trump speaking about women in 2005, for which then-candidate Trump apologized, stating it was locker room talk.

“It was a personal manner,” Branch said. “You know, what President Trump said on the bus really struck a nerve with me. I’m a father of three daughters and I have a son, as well. And like, I can’t see myself having any type of interest to go meet this person that said such horrible things.”

Lemon said to Branch, “You’ve been in a lot of locker rooms. Do you think that’s locker room talk?”

Branch answered, “I’ve been in the NFL for a whole decade, and played in college football all my life. And, you know, I’ve never heard anyone talk like that, so aggressively and, you know, disrespectfully about women, or towards women, at all. And, maybe it happened in a different locker room … but, you know, anyone who has respect for their parents, their mom, sisters, daughters, would stop that. Because if anyone said anything close to that near me, I’m shutting that down right now. So, I mean, I just, it’s just disgusting the way he talks about women. I just, I can’t deal with it.”

Branch said he has “no interest in meeting the guy” but hopes Trump does a great job. “You know, I’m an American at the end of the day, so I hope he does well. But I just don’t believe in any of the locker room talk that he said, or anything like that. It just struck a nerve with me.”

Branch concluded, “And that’s why I have no interest in going and shaking his hand. I gotta go back home and look my daughters in the eye, and I don’t want them to view me in a different light, just because I did that.”

See clips from Branch’s interview below: 

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