Klete Keller received two Olympic gold medals alongside Michael Phelps.
An Olympic gold medal swimmer faces three federal prices after being filmed on the Capitol siege final week.
Klete Keller, who competed on the Summer season Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008, was charged with obstructing legislation enforcement, knowingly coming into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, in keeping with paperwork.
It’s unclear if Keller has been taken into custody at the moment.
In a viral video of the horrifying occasions unfolding contained in the constructing’s Rotunda, a person recognized as Keller is seen standing in the midst of the vicious mob.
A number of of his former teammates and coaches recognized the 6-foot-6 athlete by his stature and the very fact he was carrying a “Group USA” jacket, in keeping with The New York Times and The Washington Post.
An F.B.I. agent claimed extra movies aided in confirming Keller’s presence on the siege as properly, per The Occasions. His Colorado driver’s license additionally was used to establish him.
Keller was first reported as collaborating within the assaults by swimming web site SwimSwam on Monday.
Later that day, a spokesperson for USA Swimming launched a press release, saying, “We weren’t conscious of this and can’t verify its accuracy. We respect non-public people’ and teams’ rights to peacefully protest however by no means condone the actions taken by these on the Capitol final week.”
Throughout his Olympic video games tenure, Keller received 5 medals, together with two gold medals for the 800 meter Free Relay with teammates Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay.
After the Olympics, Keller appeared to fall on onerous instances, together with a divorce in 2014, dwelling out of his van for 10 months and dropping his job.
“All these years of success I had with swimming actually gave me an inaccurate expectation of the world, and so it was all of the a lot tougher to deal with the entire mini-failures I might expertise on any given day,” he mentioned on an Olympic Channel podcast. “The whole lot form of began spiraling uncontrolled. I believe I grew to become an actual lazy, spoiled, entitled particular person as a result of I did not have the coping abilities.”
In accordance with SwimSwam, Keller typically posted pro-Trump messages on his social media accounts, which have now been deleted.
On Tuesday, his employer for the final three years, industrial actual property agency Hoff & Leigh, introduced Keller had resigned.
“Hoff & Leigh helps the correct of free speech and lawful protest,” the assertion additionally learn. “However we can’t condone actions that violate the rule of legislation.”