U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte confused Yom Kippur and a Canadian national holiday during an interview.
Lochte’s publicist said during an interview with the swimmer and New York Magazine reporter Jessica Pressler, published on Sunday, that she was able to get away from the office to join the interview at a mall in Los Angeles because work was slow due to Yom Kippur.
The interview continues:
“What’s that?” Lochte asks curiously.
“It’s the Jewish Day of Atonement.”
“Wasn’t it their Thanksgiving two days ago?”
“That was Canadian Thanksgiving.”
“Oh,” says Lochte, shifting his hands in his pocket and pulling out his phone, which, as it turns out, has been butt-dialing people.
Lochte, 32, has won six Olympic gold medals, but his image was tarnished when he and three other American swimmers falsely claimed they were robbed at gunpoint during this summer’s Rio Olympics after they had an altercation with a gas station convenience store security guard.
He is now competing on the latest season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
And he is no doubt yet to be informed of Monday’s upcoming coincidence of New Zealand’s Labor Day, United Nations Day, and Shmini Atzeret, the Jewish holiday of tacking an unrelated holiday onto the Feast of Booths.
JTA Wire Service