When Ryan Lochte competed on “Dancing with the Stars” last night, 2 men rushed the stage to protest against Lochte. They were thwarted and taken away by the security team. Other people were gathered outside the studio to protest the Olympic swimmer’s appearance on the popular show.
Lochte’s behavior in Rio after he finished competing in the Olympic swimming events has been widely reported. While many of the details are still murky, it appears that Lochte and some buddies were involved in some obnoxious, alcohol-fueled behavior that resulted in vandalism. Rather than own up to what they did, they denied any wrong-doing and put up some resistance to authorities who tried to intervene. Lochte embellished what happened from this point, claiming to be robbed at gunpoint. He later admitted that he had made some major misstatements, and appeared to be contrite.
The fallout has been huge. He has been suspended from swimming competition for 10 months. Many rushed to support Lochte, while others ridiculed him for his behavior. It seems that some want to give him a second chance, while others wish to condemn him.
I don’t consider myself a huge Ryan Lochte fan, but let’s give the guy a break. Everybody deserves a second chance. That’s what God does for us all the time.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”—2 Chronicles 7:14.