XENIA, Oh. – Former Stanford University competitive swimmer Brock Turner will appear on the highly anticipated upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, his publicist Debra Lancaster confirmed today. “Brock is absolutely ecstatic about being a part of such a diverse cast,” Lancaster told the celebrity and entertainment news website TMZ.
Fans of the competitive swimmer might be interested to learn that Turner picked up dancing while serving a brief three-month stint in a California county jail for rape. The twenty-one year-old Ohio native joined a jailhouse tap dance troupe at the urging of his cellmate and, within weeks, became the talk of the cell block. “That honky fish got moves,” Brock’s cellmate, who asked to be referred to by his street name “Pinky Stickerz,” told TMZ.
Due to the unfavorable circumstances surrounding his conviction, the terms of Turner’s probation forbid him from coming within fifteen feet of the opposite sex. “After a couple of meetings with his probation officer, we were able to negotiate that number down to four and a half feet for the purpose of the show,” explained Lancaster.
In an effort to meet the unusually strict demands set in place by Turner’s by-the-book probation officer, DWTS producers have decided to pair him with fellow competitive swimmer Ryan Lochte. A source close to the Turner family said Brock cannot wait to get his “twenty minutes of action” on the dance floor with the twelve-time Olympic medalist. “This will be a real treat for Brock,” the source told Real News Right Now.
The upcoming twenty-third season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.