Reports: Ryan Lochte set to join 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Embattled swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining the next season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” according to multiple reports.

Sources told ESPN and USA TODAY Sports that producers for the ABC show reached out to the 12-time Olympic medalist before this summer’s Games. There, Lochte came under fire after he was found to have over-exaggerated details about a late-night run-in with armed security guards at a Rio gas station.

It’s no surprise that Lochte would jump at the opportunity to make some extra cash. In wake of the controversy, four of Lochte’s sponsors, including Speedo and Ralph Lauren, dropped him Monday and he is awaiting punishment from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

If the reports are true, Lochte would not be the first controversial contestant to compete on the show. Paula Deen, who made headlines after tapes of her making racist comments were made public, appeared on the show last year.

The full cast for the show’s 23rd season, which begins on Sept. 12, is set to be revealed on Tuesday’s edition of “Good Morning America.”