ABC News(NEW YORK) — U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte said he made a "big mistake" when he claimed to have been held up at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics but that he thinks the reaction to the scandal that also implicated three of his U.S. Swimming teammates is "everyone blowing this way out of proportion."
"Like I said, I did lie about that one part," Lochte, 32, said Tuesday on Good Morning America, referring to his claim that a gun was held to his head. "I take full responsibility. I’m human. I made a mistake. A very big mistake."
"It’s something that I learned from and I know that will never happen again," he said.
Lochte was dropped by four sponsors in the aftermath of the scandal, including Ralph Lauren and Speedo.
Lochte is now turning his attention outside the pool, announcing Tuesday that he will be a celebrity competitor on Season 23 of Dancing With the Stars.
"I’m never one to dwell on the past. I just want to move forward," he said. "Everyone has got to be sick and tired about hearing about this. I just want to move forward."
ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- The White House called NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” “objectionable” on Monday, but defended his constitutional right to demonstrate.
Prior to San Francisco’s Friday night preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers’ player remained seated between two Gatorade coolers while the national anthem was played through Levi’s Stadium. He later explained that he did so to protest the oppression of people of color in the United States.
Asked for President Obama's reaction to Kaepernick's actions, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest signaled his personal disagreement, but indicated he hadn’t quizzed the president on the subject.
"What I can say is that I certainly don't share the views that Mr. Kaepernick expressed after the game in explaining his reasoning for his actions," Earnest, the White House's top spokesman, said Monday.
Earnest said he's "confident" Obama, an avid sports fan, is aware of the episode, but that he hadn't spoken to the president about it.
"We surely acknowledge and even defend his right to express those views," he continued. "Even as objectionable as we find his perspective, he certainly is entitled to express them."
Despite widespread criticism, Kaepernick insists he will continue refusing to stand during the national anthem.
"I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change,” Kaepernick explained. “When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres told ESPN that he will sit during the anthem ceremony Thursday night in a preseason home game against the New York Jets.
Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of fans and supporters turned out Monday in Upstate New York to give the victorious Maine-Endwell Little League team a raucous homecoming celebration, even as the players were still wrapping their heads around the big win.
"It's shocking," shortstop-pitcher Michael Mancini, a 13-year-old rising seventh-grader, told ABC News Monday.
On Sunday, the team of eleven 12- and 13-year-olds as well as their coaches capped off a perfect 24-0 season with the biggest victory of all: They beat powerhouse East Seoul, South Korea, 2-1, to win the Little League World Series championship at Williamsport's Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Pennsylvania.
"When you actually get the chance to get your head around that, it's just amazing that we represented the entire country in an international championship game," said catcher-third baseman Conner Rush, a 13-year-old rising eighth-grader.
The team, which hails from New York's Maine and Endwell towns, also won the sportsmanship award. The teammates said they used Google Translate to communicate with the South Korean team and invited them to participate in their winning lap around the stadium.
"They were just as talented as we were and we both deserved to win," Mancini said.
"We just tried to, no matter what happens, be nice to everybody 'cause if you lost a game, you wouldn't want somebody to show you up or anything bad," Rush said.
Maine-Endwell were the first U.S. team to win in five years. They faced South Korea after beating Tennessee for the U.S. title 4-2 on Saturday. The team even received a congratulatory call from President Obama on Saturday.
"Congratulations! ... I'm proud of you, guys. ... Seeing not only how well the kids compete, but also the good sportsmanship, and seeing the parents looking all stressed -- not yelling too bad," Obama said in a call posted on the team's Twitter page. "It's just a wonderful event."
Second baseman and pitcher Jude Abbadessa, a 13-year-old rising seventh-grader, shared with ABC News the ingredients that he believed had contributed to the team's success.
"Hard work, practiced every day and just played the game as a team," he said.
At the end of the parade route, the team emptied out of their bus to chants of "USA! USA" and took to Struble Field to tip their hats to the crowds and be officially honored by community and state leaders.
"We couldn't ask for anything more from these 11 individuals," coach Scott Rush, Conner's father, said Monday. "We're happy to be home. It's been a long journey."
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Sunday no one has tried to stop him from sitting out the national anthem at NFL games or to keep him from talking about the beliefs that led him to the protest.
"No one's tried to quiet me, and you know, to be honest, it's not something I'm going to be quiet about," he said Sunday during a media availability. "I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. It's not -- this isn't for look, this isn't for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don't have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities, you know, to be successful, to provide for their families and not live in poor circumstances."
Kaepernick has drawn a mix of criticism and praise since it was noticed that the backup quarterback did not stand during the national anthem Thursday night during an NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. He said he had not stood for the 49ers' first preseason game, but it hadn't been noticed.
He said he made the decision to sit out the national anthem because he wanted to bring awareness to things going on in the country he feels are unjust, and because he feels the values the American flag is supposed to stand for are not being realized.
"There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust," he said. "People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for -- freedom, liberty, justice for all. And it's not happening for all right now."
He said he will not stand for the national anthem until he feels those ideals are being realized.
"I'll continue to sit," he said. "I'm going to continue to stand with the people. To me this is something that has to change and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent in this country, as representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
The NFL said Saturday that while it encourages team members to stand for the national anthem, it is not a requirement.
Quinn Rooney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Phelps' just revealed the song that inspired #PhelpsFace.
Remember the record-breaking medalist's fierce stare of determination during the Summer Olympics in Rio? It happened when the Maryland swimmer was preparing for a race in the 200 meter butterfly semifinal.
As South Africa's Chad le Clos was amping himself up by shadow boxing, Phelps created "the face." The face seemingly worked for the swimmer — he finished second while le Clos finished fourth.
During Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV, Phelps said while he was creating the face, he was listening to Future's 2015 song "Stick Talk."
The swimmer made the revelation while introducing the rapper, who went onto perform a number of his songs, including "F--- Up Some Commas."
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