It's official: Ryan Lochte is heading to Dancing With the Stars.
The casting was announced on Good Morning America Tuesday. Admittedly, Lochte said the timing wasn't great—but the Olympic swimmer had signed on prior to the incident in Rio that tarnished his reputation and cost him several sponsors. Recalling the night in question, he said, "I'm not one to make excuses, but I was still intoxicated. I was still going through the emotions of having a gun pulled on me. I'm just...I'm human. I made a mistake, and that's something I'm going to have to live with." Lochte told Amy Robach he wanted to clarify some of the details, saying, "USA Today and other people have been finding out, investigating it, and there was no damage to the bathroom. I never even entered the bathroom. It was locked, so we couldn't go in there at all. So the story about me vandalizing the bathroom is absurd. It never happened."
Lochte, who gave his first interview to NBC's Matt Lauer upon his return to the U.S., added, "The thing that I told that wasn't true was having the gun pointed to my forehead and cocked. That was over-exaggerated."
"I did lie about that one part and I take full responsibility," the gold medalist said. "I'm human. I made a mistake—a very big mistake. And it's something that I learned from, and I know that that will never happen again."