Former USC swim coach Dave Salo has defended ex-Trojan swimmer Klete Keller, who was arrested and charged with three counts following the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.
If convicted of violent entry, disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement, Keller could face up to 15½ years in prison.
“He stands out as a 6-foot-6 guy in a USA jacket,” Salo told the Washington Post. “But he wasn’t stealing a lectern. He didn’t seem threatening. I don’t know that there should be too much criticism of someone who was voicing their opinion. … I don’t think he was part of the group that was trying to do anything but protest. I think he was probably caught up in the crowd surging towards the Capitol.”