Swim Poll of the Week: What Should Happen With Klete Keller For His Role in the US Capitol Insurrection?

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This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday, January 21, 2021, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: What should happen with Klete Keller for his role in the US Capitol insurrection?

Klete Keller is facing criminal charges after law enforcement officers identified the Olympic gold medal swimmer as part of a deadly insurrection of the U.S. Capitol last week.

According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the 38-year-old three-time Olympian has been charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. The charges, which include an arrest warrant, were first reported by USA Today.

An FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint that he was able to identify the 6-foot-6 Keller, noting the Team USA jacket that Keller, a three-time Olympian, wore during the riot.

“PERSON 1 can be seen standing in the Rotunda still wearing the dark colored USA jacket, which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the front right side and a red and white Olympic patch on the front left side,” the agent wrote in the complaint.

Keller turned himself into authorities, multiple news outlets reported, after facing federal charges stemming from the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

He faces up to five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine, for his felony charge, and up to one year and six months for the two misdemeanors, respectively, in addition to another quarter million fine attached to each. Keller’s court hearing also noted that he could face additional charges from a grand jury, according to CBS Sports.

USA Swimming released this statement:

“Since first learning of Mr. Keller’s possible involvement in the events of January 6, and awaiting official confirmation or charges by law enforcement, we made it very clear in responses to the media that, while we respect private individuals’ and groups’ rights to peacefully protest, we strongly condemned the unlawful actions taken by those at the Capitol last week. It is very simple and very clear. Mr. Keller’s actions in no way represent the values or mission of USA Swimming. And while once a swimmer at the highest levels of our sport – representing the country and democracy he so willfully attacked – Mr. Keller has not been a member of this organization since 2008.

“We stand with Team USA and echo their plea to celebrate our diversity of background and beliefs, stand together against hatred and divisiveness, and use our influence to create positive change in our communities.”

So we wanted to ask our audience what should happen to Klete Keller for his role in the US Capitol insurrection?

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What should happen with Klete Keller for his role in the US Capitol insurrection?

Let the legal system take action – 74%

USOPC should issue a reprimand – 15%

Nothing should be done – 11%


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