Ryan Lochte and Taylor Swift make headlines with Heidi Hamilton from Dish Nation

RYAN LOCHTE CAR CRASH 911 CALL 'I Rear-Ended the People In Front of Me'

Ryan Lochte called 911 on himself to report a late-night car crash in which he slammed his Porsche into another car ... and TMZ Sports has the recording.

"Um, yeah ... I would like to ummm, yeah ... we just got in an accident," the Olympic swimmer told the operator. "I rear-ended the people in front of me."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Lochte was driving in Gainesville, FL Thursday at around 9:45 PM when he rear-ended a car ... hours after he drunkenly kicked in a door at a hotel in Newport Beach.

During the call, Lochte initially tells the operator he doesn't think anyone is injured but then changes his answer a few times. He's unsure.

But, we know the driver of the car Lochte hit was taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Lochte was okay and cited for "careless driving." There's no mention of alcohol in the police report.

Lochte had just flown to Florida after the booze-fueled incident in Newport Beach, CA.

His lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, said the swimmer has now acknowledged he has an alcohol problem and plans to get treatment.


Taylor Swift just made her current political views explicitly clear for what may be the first time ever in her career -- and it might upset a lot of conservatives in Tennessee.

Taylor posted a lengthy statement on Instagram Sunday that weighed in on the midterm elections taking place across the country next month. She addressed the congressional race in her home state of Tennessee where she moved when she was 14 and where she'll be voting herself for which she declared she'd be voting for two Democrats running for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

In her post, Taylor says she's been reluctant to voice her politics publicly in the past but felt compelled to do so now due to recent events in her life and around the world. She says she has always cast votes for people who protect human rights, support the LGBT community, fight against discrimination of any sort as well as the systematic racism at play in the country.

As such, she says she cannot in her right conscience vote for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican who's running for a Senate seat against former TN Gov. Phil Bredesen a Democrat. Blackburn's been seen at Trump rallies in support of the President.

Taylor says Blackburn has taken positions that are antithetical to everything she personally stands for, adding ... "These are not MY Tennessee values." She goes on to say she'll be voting for Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives another Democrat.

It's an interesting stance considering Taylor's country music background and it'll be even more interesting to see if she has any influence on turnout come Nov. 6.