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Cheryl Burke Defends Ryan Lochte After Dancing With The Stars Protest: 'No One Deserves That'

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Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Ryan Lochte was already the one to watch ahead of the Dancing with the Stars premiere on Monday night — and that was BEFORE he was protested on LIVE TV!

As you've surely seen by now, the defamed Olympic champ saw the effects of his Rio lie first-hand when two men stormed the stage wearing anti-Lochte t-shirts during his judging.

Related: Ryan Will Only Answer Questions About DWTS… Not His Suspension

We've already heard what host Tom Bergeron and pro Derek Hough had to say about the violent incident, but now it's Ryan's partner's turn to speak up!

Cheryl Burke made her return to the DWTS stage specifically to give the swimmer some added star power, so it makes sense that she'd be taking the boycott to heart.

In fact, the two-time Mirrorball Trophy champ defended the Gold medalist against "bullying" in an Instagram post on Tuesday, saying:

A photo posted by Cheryl Burke (@cherylburke) on Sep 13, 2016 at 12:31pm PDT

At least someone's in his corner!

Although… if this is the audience response after just one episode, she's in for a looooong season.

Do U think Ryan deserved such public backlash on national television??

[Image via ABC and Cheryl Burke/Instagram.]

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