Klete Keller, a two-time U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist, was apparently among the many rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol final week, in line with video footage.
Video seems to point out Keller, 38, maskless and donning a Workforce USA jacket throughout the riot. Keller was a part of the U.S. swim staff on the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, anchoring the 4×200 freestyle. In 2004 in Athens, he notably held off Australia’s Ian Thorpe to assist his staff — which featured Michael Phelps — win gold.
A spokesperson for USA Swimming, reached by ESPN, might neither affirm nor deny that it’s Keller seen within the video, which was first reported by the swimming news site SwimSwam. A number of former teammates and coaches stated they acknowledged Keller within the video, according to a report by The New York Times.
A Townhall Media reporter shared the now-viral video from contained in the Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 6, and Keller allegedly seems across the 12-second mark.
“[W]e respect personal people’ and teams’ rights to peacefully protest however on no account condone the actions taken by these on the Capitol final week,” a USA Swimming spokesperson advised ESPN on Tuesday.
Keller had most not too long ago labored as an actual property agent in Colorado Springs with the company Hoff & Leigh. His employment was confirmed to SwimSwam, however his profile has since been eliminated.
Keller has since deleted all of his social media accounts, although had posted previously his ardent assist of President Donald Trump. The latest public images of him on Instagram are from 2017 at an occasion outdoors Boston.
The Jan. 6 riots by pro-Trump supporters in protest of the election certification of President-elect Joe Biden resulted within the loss of life of 5 folks, together with a U.S. Capitol police officer. Dozens of individuals have since been arrested, and the FBI stated Tuesday they’ve opened greater than 160 case information and are investigating greater than 100,000 items of digital proof they’ve acquired.