Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller charged for alleged role in Capitol riot

Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller charged for alleged involvement in last week's attack on the Capitol.

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Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller charged for alleged involvement in last week's attack on the Capitol.

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller was allegedly among those in the Capitol during the attack last week.

reported.In the video, which was cited in the complaint against Keller, Capitol Police tussle with rioters in the Rotunda, and Keller was pushed back with the crowd by police shields.MORE: DC protester arrested with 11 Molotov cocktails, several guns had list of 'good guys,' 'bad guys': DOJ

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Julio Rosas/Townhall MediaA man wearing what appears to be a U.S. Olympics jacket is seen among the crowd that breached security and entered the U.S. Capitol during violent protests on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.Julio Rosas/Townhall MediaA man wearing what appears to be a U.S. Olympics jacket is seen among the crowd that breached security and entered the U.S. Capitol during violent protests on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

The complaint, referencing the Townhall video, notes that"Colorado state records and publicly available information list [Keller's] height at 6 feet, 6 inches tall, and [the person in the video] appears to be one of the tallest individuals in the video depicting individuals in the Rotunda." headtopics.com

Keller had been employed by Colorado real estate firm Hoff & Leigh, but, the firm said in a statement, he resigned this Tuesday."Effective immediately, Klete Keller is no longer with Hoff & Leigh. Keller, an independent contractor, resigned from the company today," the company said."Hoff & Leigh supports the right of free speech and lawful protest but we cannot condone actions that violate the rule of law. We pride ourselves on our deeply held core values of family, loyalty, community and stewardship. We continue to stand by these values."

Julio Rosas/Townhall MediaA man wearing what appears to be a U.S. Olympics jacket is seen among the crowd that breached security and entered the U.S. Capitol during violent protests on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.Julio Rosas/Townhall MediaA man wearing what appears to be a U.S. Olympics jacket is seen among the crowd that breached security and entered the U.S. Capitol during violent protests on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

In response to the reports of Keller's participation in the siege, USA Swimming said in a statement,"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."

MORE: Rioter seen wearing 'Camp Auschwitz' hoodie during Capitol siege arrestedBefore the charge was made against Keller, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland sent a letter to Team USA athletes condemning the"rioters" at the Capitol. headtopics.com

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"At home, and around the world, Team USA athletes are held to a very high standard as they represent our country on the field of play and off," Hirshland wrote."What happened in Washington, D.C., was a case where that standard was clearly not met. The people involved attacked the very fabric of the democracy we all proudly represent and, in turn, also let our community down. I urge everyone associated with Team USA to continue to celebrate our diversity of background and beliefs, stand together against hatred and divisiveness, and use our influence to create positive change in our community."

Greg Wood/AFP via Getty Images, FileKlete Keller smiles after winning the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay swimming heat at the National Aquatics Center in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on Aug. 12, 2008. Read more: ABC News »

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Trash now Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. ConvictTrumpNow I am sure he would be stripped of his gold. AND WHAT cliffhanger. Who cares. ✔💪💯🇺🇸 Too bad. What about all BLM rioters? Trumpism is a legit mental disorder. army members medalists gold at that. rudy. protection olympic gold and the law. all threw away their rights for trump to attack.

Klete's going to jail! It’s not alleged, he was there. InsurrectionHasConsequences That's upsetting for a specific reason, but this is all so insane, violent, hateful, and scary. But also Klete Keller is garbage. Thought things would go swimmingly, but unfortunately ended up belly flopping. 0 0 0 Wow. That is simply insane. Olympic Gold Medalist or not.

what a knob... There are 20,000 armed military personnel in Washington, DC because of the MAGA Domestic Terrorist Organization. 1 man, 1 party and 1 cable news network caused this. This is embarrassing! The length people go to.