Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Klete Keeler has now permanently tarnished his golden athletic image.
On Thursday, Keeler was indicted on seven counts related to his alleged involvement in the Capitol riots on January 6th, according to reports.
ALERT: Grand jury has indicted former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller with series of federal charges in US Capitol insurrection pic.twitter.com/F6D94a0Tvz
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) February 11, 2021
Among the charges from the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia are: knowingly and unlawfully entering and remaining in a restricted area, interfering with official government business, engaging in disorderly conduct to disrupt a session of Congress and interfering with law enforcement during a civil disorder, and more.
The 6’6 Keller was recognized by an FBI agent, who observed the Team USA jacket that he wore that day.
— Colette Bordelon (@ColetteBordelon) February 11, 2021
In addition, Keeler posted heavily on social media supporting former President Donald Trump. However, like his political leader, his accounts have been disabled.
Keller turned himself in nine days after the Capitol riots to authorities in Colorado.
Keller is facing a maximum sentence of nearly 30 years — which could be raised if it is determined that the swimmer's actions resulted in any injuries, the Post reports. Jeez this actually seems to have teeth. I thought they were going to send him to club fed for a couple weeks.
— Geber (@Geburr22) February 12, 2021
Keller helped Team USA win the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at both the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing.
He was teammates with Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
He also won bronze twice in the 400-meter freestyle in Athens and at the 2000 Games in Sydney and the 4×200 relay team took silver in Sydney with Kelley on the squad.
The 38-year old retired after the 2008 Games, and had been working as a commercial real estate agent in Colorado. Kelley now faces more than 15 years in prison.
As the fallout from the Capitol riot continues, it is clear that white supremacy is receiving the chin check it never did under the MAG regime.