Was Ryan Lochte attacked Monday night by a fan on stage after his Dancing With The Stars routine? It certainly looks that way.
Monday night, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte made his Dancing With The Stars debut with dancer Cheryl Burke. It looks like at least one person wasn't thrilled about it. After Lochte's performance, ABC had to cut to commercial when someone from the stands invaded the stage and ran towards Lochte. ABC's security team was able to control the situation. But fans are wondering - was Ryan Lochte attacked? Or was the man trying to attack him?
So far, there is no video of the fan emerging from the stands. But there are photos - and there's video of what ABC aired. Check it all out:
Lochte, one of the most decorated swimmers in Team USA history, was embroiled in a legal controversy down in Rio after he admittedly lied to police about what transpired at a gas station after a night of partying. He later left the country without having to face any legal ramifications - while some of his teammates weren't as fortunate.
Lochte later apologized in a statement to his fans on Instagram.
"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," Lochte said in the statement posted on his Instagram page. "I waited to share these thoughts until it was confirmed that the legal situation was addressed and it was clear that my teammates would be arriving home safely."
Regardless of your views on the controversy surrounding Lochte's legal situation down in Brazil, it's never good to see something like this. At least nobody got hurt. We'll keep you updated.
Update: According to multiple reports, there were a number of people in the stands wearing "No Lochte" shirts. The below photo was snapped by George Pennacchio of ABC.
At the moment, the motives of the group are unknown.
More as we learn it.