Us Weekly is reporting that U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will appear in as a contestant in season 23 of Dancing With the Stars.
This comes, of course, in the aftermath of his Rio robbery scandal, which he eventually tearfully admitted was “overexaggerated” regarding being robbed at gunpoint.
“Doing DWTS will be great for Ryan’s image!” an insider tells Us Weekly. “He will be able to show America that he’s a good guy who made a mistake. He’s still an Olympic champion! He will be great on the show.”
The cast of celebrities for the upcoming season of the ABC dancing competition has not yet been announced and reps for the show never comment on casting rumors, but this season will likely include a few Olympic athletes.
You have to wonder if this was a quick PR move or if it was in the works before the Olympics.