The only thing that Ryan Lochte’s protesters would change about Monday night would be the take-down.
The two men who rushed the stage on Monday night’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” spoke about doing jail time in a video for TMZ, and neither man seemed remorseful.
“We didn’t agree with the Walt Disney Company choosing Lochte to represent Americans. Yes, he did win gold medals, but what he did in Rio did not represent Americans well,” Barzeen Soroundi, 25, said. “We were at the Olympics. Once Lochte did what he did, embarrassed Americans and lied to Brazil, the climate changed. All of the sudden, Americans became targets in Rio. The Brazilians felt insulted and it became difficult for many Americans there.”
Soroudi said his time with the LAPD was “very nice.”
“I wouldn’t mind going back,” he said. “It was a very well-kept facility.”
Cameras also caught up with Sam Sotoodeh, 59, who was tackled by the “Dancing with the Stars” security team.
“I don’t know why the people over there did that. I was not even going towards Lochte. I was going in a different direction,” he said. “This guy runs out and unnecessarily tackles me and hurts me.”
He showed his bruises to the camera. “My back also hurts. My neck hurts. Why?” he said. “He could have come to me and said ‘please get off the stage’ in a civilized manner. And as he was taking me out, he punched me and kicked me.”
However, Sotoodeh made one belief clear: “Lochte is a coward, a liar, and under Brazilian law, a criminal.”