Former U.S. Olympic swimmer Klete Keller pleaded guilty this week to a felony charge relating to his presence in the Capitol on January 6. Keller chose to plead guilty to a single charge of obstructing an official proceeding as part of a deal which would drop the six other charges he faced. The two-time Olympic gold- medalist was seen wearing a Team USA jacket in a crowd of other Trump supporters in the Capitol while shouting expletives directed at Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Homeless after an Olympic career
Klete Keller competed in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal alongside Michael Phelps in the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2004 Athens games.
Since his time in the Olympics, Keller has not found much other success in his personal or professional life, a fact which he has acknowledged.
Like many other athletes, he clearly struggled to adapt to life after retiring from a sport which he had been almost single-mindedly devoted to for so many years.
After losing multiple jobs and going through a divorce, Keller spent a period of time homeless and unemployed before managing to recover and start a career in real estate.
Despite his Olympic background, Keller had become exactly the sort of forgotten American who would appreciate the election of a president who offered real chance to change the system.
Keller reportedly posted widely on social media about conservative politics and his support for President Trump. He has since deleted all of his accounts.
Former gold medalist takes plea deal
He has never been accused of doing anything violent or having any destructive intentions on January 6. Keller simply wandered into the Capitol with the rest of the crowd to make his opinion heard about what he considered to be an unfair election.
At 6′ 6″and wearing a Team USA jacket, Keller was identified very quickly and became one of the more high profile targets of leftist ire as the hyperbolic rhetoric about the day escalated.
Fortunately, Keller is likely to receive a fairly light sentence and attempts to destroy his life again have evidently not succeeded completely.
Keller’s fiancé and his former coaches have supported him and the deal he took will ensure that he does not face the decades in prison he could have been given otherwise.
He still may be sentenced for more than a year in prison, an absurd punishment for a man who did nothing more than walk through a building while making rude comments about leading Democrats.
Hopefully the former Olympian is not taking the constant leftist whinging about January 6 to heart and will enjoy a revived career and a happy marriage after this process is over.