Olympic Swimmer Klete Keller Apologizes To Former Coaches After He Was Spotted in US Capitol Riot Video

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Olympic swimmer Klete Keller issued an apology to his former coaches. He was the Olympic swimmer seen in a video of the violent U.S. Capitol riot last January 6. (Photo : Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Olympics swimmer Klete Keller expressed regret to his former coaches after being caught in the viral U.S. Capitol riot video.

Keller Issues an Apology

The New York Times reported that Keller had apologized to his former swimming coaches for his involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot. His former U.S. national team coach Mark Schubert confirmed the apology.

“He kept repeating, ‘You’ve done so much for me, and I let you down.’ He kept saying over and over, ‘I didn’t mean for any of this to happen,'” the former coach of USC and University of Texas said.

Schubert also spoke to the Times that he talked with Keller. He learned that his former student faced three counts of charges due to his participation in the riot that resulted in six deaths, including two Capitol police officers and injured 12 individuals.

Schuber narrated that the 38-year-old Olympian had burst into tears while making the apology. 

Mark Schubert, who was Keller’s coach at USC, told the Times that he called his former swimmer after learning that he was charged with three counts in the U.S. District Court. Keller had broken down in tears and told Schubert that he let him down after doing so much for him.

John Urbanchek, another of Keller’s former USA coach, revealed that the 2004 Summer Olympics gold medalist was tearful when he faced him. Urbanchek kept up with the despondent Keller and could not believe that it would happen at all.

“He was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people,” Urbanchek informed the Times.

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In a report by Swim Swam, Keller said that in 2018, his transition from being a swimmer to a full-time husband and employee became difficult. Life generally became difficult after leaving his favorite sport. The struggles piled up following his dissatisfaction with work and his divorce from his wife.

After the divorce, Keller grew extremely depressed while living in his car for almost a year. He was continuously supporting his children while enduring the narrow space provided by his temporary shelter.

According to Swimming World Magazine, Keller surrendered to the law enforcers last week but was released under some restrictions. He could face five-year imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 for his violent entry. For his two misdemeanors, disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement, Keller could serve an additional jail time of one year and six months. 

Upon knowing Keller’s participation in the riot, Gary Hall Jr., his childhood friend, said that he felt heart-broken for Keller. However, Hall condemned what Keller did.

Dave Salo, his former Olympic coach, believed that Keller just got caught up in the protest of the angry mob.

Meanwhile, Keller’s former wife, Cari Sherrill, said that the former Olympian’s problems had been with him during his swimming career. She, however, did not divulge the personal issues in the interview.


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