According to reports, two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Kettle Keller was among a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump inside the US Capitol during last week’s rebellion.
a Video A person posted on Twitter by a Townhall media reporter believed Keller to be standing in the middle of a group pushing against police officers who were trying to clean up the rotunda.
The man appears wearing a jacket with the letters “USA” on the back.
The New York Times and Washington Post said they spoke to former teammates and coaches who identified the man as Keeler in the video.
NBC News has not been able to independently verify that the former Olympian was involved, and calls to the numbers listed for him were not immediately returned on Wednesday.
USA Swimming said it was aware of the reports.
A spokesperson said in a statement, “We respect the rights of private individuals and groups to protest peacefully, but in no way condemn the actions taken in the Capitol.”
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it “condemns the violent action of the rioters.”
The committee said, “We peacefully oppose and support the right to express values and attitudes respectfully and legitimately – this is what makes democracy strong. Sadly, this did not happen in this case.”
Keller, 38, has not publicly commented on her alleged involvement in the Capitol, which was first reported by swimming website Swimswam.
The athlete, who was a partner of Michael Phelps, was a member of three US Olympic teams. He won the gold medal in the 4×200 meter relay team event in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008. He won a silver medal in this event at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
USA Swimming stated that it was last registered in 2008 as a member. After dropping out of the game, Keller worked as an independent contractor for Hoff & Leh, a real estate agency in Colorado Springs.
The agency said in a statement that Keller resigned on Tuesday.
The agency stated, “Hoff and Leh support the right to free speech and legitimate protest but we cannot condemn actions that violate the rule of law.”
“We take pride in our core values, deeply held by family, loyalty, community and leadership. We want to stand by these values.”
Last Wednesday, hundreds of Trump supporters opposed the Electoral College vote to confirm President Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. Five people, including a police officer, were killed.
Acting US Attorney in Washington, Mike Sherwin said last week that 55 people have been charged with various offenses including unlawful penetration, assault, theft and weapons charges in connection with the riots.
Sherwin said federal and local investigators are searching on social media for photos and videos of suspects involved in illegal activity and that those are being arrested as soon as possible. No video has surfaced of Keller participating in any violent incident in the Capitol.