There aren’t too many people in Ryan Lochte’s corner at the moment, but Olympian Conor Dwyer, his colleague on the U.S. swim team, has his back. While there are rumors swirling that claim Lochte will join ABC’s hit reality show “Dancing With the Stars” to get back into the public’s good graces, Dwyer said he’s been good all along.
Dwyer was with Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen an hour before the Olympic swimmers allegedly trashed a bathroom at a Rio gas station. He’s a “genuinely good guy,” Dwyer told Mario Menounos on her “Conversations With” radio show Wednesday.
He decided to check out another party instead of hanging out with the rest of his teammates. “I was with them for like an hour, and I just wanted to go check out another place,” Dwyer said, according to Us Weekly. “It's just bad stuff happens to good people and I'm sure they'll bounce back from it.”
Lochte admitted that he “left details” about the alleged robbery out. Now, in order to overcome the scandal, the swimmer signed on to dance in Season 23 of “DWTS,” Radar Online wrote in an exclusive report Wednesday. “This is all part of a well-orchestrated and carefully planned career redemption tour being organized by some of the best public relations advisors and crisis managers in the business,” an insider told the publication. “His people know that if the real Ryan Lochte is shown to America — via a medium such as ‘Dancing With the Stars’ — people will realize that the incident in Rio was an aberration.”
Lochte, 32, issued an apology Friday after his version of events was exposed as fabrication. “I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend — for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics,” he wrote on Twitter.
The “DWTS” rumors have not been confirmed by ABC or Lochte. In the past, Olympians like Meryl Davis and Charlie White have competed.
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