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Ryan Lochte protesters defend TV show ambush after arrest

Ryan Lochte protesters defend TV show ambush after arrest

The 32-year-old swimmer is finally coming to terms with the fact that he royally screwed up during the Olympic games in Rio this year when he fabricated a story about a gas station robbery he experienced with three other teammates. "He embarrassed Americans on the world's stage and this was our form of protesting".

Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi were released from a Los Angeles jail Tuesday morning after posting $1,000 bail apiece. "I have gotten so much love from everyone on the show, including my partner Cheryl, my fellow competitors, the producers, the security teams and its fans".

Ryan Lochte, never one to hold his breath (unless he's underwater, of course), opened up to his fans in an Instagram post on Wednesday, following a dramatic moment being rushed by protesters on Monday's "Dancing With the Stars". "When I was asked to join the show, the one thing that I kept hearing was that it was like joining a big family". I want the world to know, we want America to know, that we don't take what he did lightly.

Lochte's debut on the live USA reality TV show Dancing with the Stars was interrupted earlier this week when the two men, Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi, forced their way onto the dance floor.

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The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing the contents of a closed diplomatic meeting. He said that he relayed that message again to Bogdanov.


"I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the show, and more than ever, I am dedicated to my new family and to working hard to do my best", he concluded. They were charged with suspicion of trespassing.

See what Lochte told ET following the DWTS drama in the exclusive interview below. "I was not even going towards Lochte; I was going in a different direction", he said, alleging security punched him after he was off stage.

The incident left the judges and dancers shaken, with Lochte telling host Tom Bergeron after an impromptu commercial break that he was feeling "a little hurt". "My heart is aching for Ryan and his family".

"What he did in Rio did not represent Americans well", Barzeen Soroudi, 25, said in a video obtained by TMZ, noting that they never meant to hurt Lochte. "These tears are just because I don't want you to be hurt or for you to lose your spirit'".


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