OLYMPICS Lochte’s big dance marred by protest

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

TWO men were ar­rested for tres­pass­ing on Septem­ber 12 af­ter rush­ing US swim­mer Ryan Lochte on the set of the pop­u­lar Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion show Danc­ing with the Stars.

Po­lice were called to CBS stu­dios in Los An­ge­les af­ter the men were tack­led by se­cu­rity guards dur­ing the live broad­cast of the show as they ran onto the dance floor where the 32-year-old Lochte had just fin­ished his rou­tine with part­ner Ch­eryl Burke.

The men were wear­ing shirts bear­ing Lochte’s name with a cir­cle and a line through it.

The pro­test­ers were ap­par­ently against the ap­pear­ance of Lochte, an Olympic swim­mer who made up a bo­gus gun­point rob­bery story dur­ing a boozy night out with some Amer­i­can team­mates at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

A no­tice­ably rat­tled Lochte told the show’s host Tom Berg­eron that he was OK ex­cept for some hurt feel­ings.

“So many feel­ings are go­ing through my head right now,” Lochte said. “A lit­tle hurt but, you know, I came out here and wanted to do some­thing that I’m com­pletely not com­fort­able with and I did and I came out here with a big smile.”

Sev­eral women pro­test­ers were also re­port­edly re­moved from the au­di­ence af­ter they shouted at Lochte.

Sam Sodo­deh, 48, and Barzeen Soroudi, 40, both of Los An­ge­les were ar­rested on “sus­pi­cion of tres­pass­ing” charges, ac­cord­ing to Los An­ge­les po­lice spokesper­son Mike Lopez. –

Photo: AFP

Ryan Lochte, who made a to­tal fool of him­self this year in Rio, may be wait­ing years for the scan­dal to blow over.

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