Two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Klete Keller was among the many crowd of President Donald Trump’s supporters inside the U.S. Capitol during last week’s insurrection, in line with stories.
A video posted on Twitter by a Townhall Media reporter confirmed a person believed to be Keller standing in the midst of a gaggle that was pushing in opposition to law enforcement officials who had been making an attempt to clear the Rotunda.
The man is seen carrying a jacket with the letters “USA” on the again.
NBC News has not been in a position to independently confirm that the previous Olympian was concerned, and calls to numbers listed for him weren’t instantly returned on Wednesday.
USA Swimming mentioned it was conscious of the stories.
“We respect private individuals’ and groups’ rights to peacefully protest but in no way condone the actions taken by those at the Capitol last week,” a spokesperson mentioned in an announcement.
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee mentioned it condemns the “violent actions of the rioters.”
“We support the right to peacefully protest and express values and viewpoints in a respectful and lawful manner — that is what makes our democracy strong. Sadly, that is not what happened in this case,” the committee mentioned.
Keller, 38, has not publicly commented on his alleged participation on the Capitol, which was first reported by the swimming web site SwimSwam.
The athlete, who was a teammate of Michael Phelps, was a member of three U.S. Olympic groups. He won gold within the 4×200 meter relay crew occasion in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. He received silver within the occasion on the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
USA Swimming mentioned he was final registered as a member in 2008. After stepping away from the game, Keller labored as an unbiased contractor for Hoff & Leigh, an actual property company in Colorado Springs.
The company mentioned in an announcement that Keller resigned on Tuesday.
“Hoff & Leigh supports the right of free speech and lawful protest but we cannot condone actions that violate the rule of law,” the company mentioned.
“We pride ourselves on our deeply held core values of family, loyalty, community and stewardship. We continue to stand by these values.”
Last Wednesday, a whole bunch of pro-Trump supporters breached the Capitol in protest of the Electoral College vote affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory within the November election. Five folks, together with a police officer, had been killed in the course of the incursion.
Acting U.S. lawyer in Washington, Mike Sherwin, mentioned final week that 55 people have been charged in connection to the riot with varied offenses together with illegal entry, assault, theft and weapons costs.