Two-time US Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was apparently among the rioters who raided the U.S. Capitol last week, according to video.
The video appears to show Keller, 38, without a mask and wearing a Team USA jacket during the uprising.Keller was part of the US swimming team at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, seizing free. 2004̵7;s 4×200 style in Athens, he caught Australian Ian Thorpe to help his team, with Michael Phelps winning gold.
A USA Swimming spokesperson, accessed by ESPN, could not confirm or deny that it was Keller seen in the video, first reported by swim news website SwimSwam, several former teammates and coaches said they remember Keller. In a video as reported by The New York Times.
Townhall Media reporters shared a trending video from inside Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 6 and Keller allegedly appeared around the 12-second mark.
“[W]Respect the rights of individuals and groups to protest peacefully. But I will not condone the actions of those in town hall last week, ”a USA Swimming spokesperson told ESPN on Tuesday.
Keller recently worked as a real estate agent in Colorado Springs with agency Hoff & Leigh, his employment was confirmed with SwimSwam, but his profile was removed.
Since then, Keller has deleted all of his social media accounts, despite having posted support for President Donald Trump in the past. His latest public photos on Instagram are from 2017 at an event outside of Boston.
January 6 riots by pro-Trump supporters in protesting the endorsement of elected President Joe Biden resulted in the deaths of five, including a US congressional police officer. Since dozens of people have been arrested, and the FBI said Tuesday it has opened more than 160 case files and is reviewing more than 100,000 digital evidence they have received.